MADISON (Press Release) - With the graduation of former walk-ons Wquinton Smith and Brett Valentyn, the Wisconsin men's basketball team has filled out its roster with a pair of walk-ons for the 2011-12 season. Incoming freshman Jordan Smith (Orono, Minn.) and Air Force transfer Zach Bohannon (Marion, Iowa) are the latest additions to head coach Bo Ryan's class of 2011 that also includes freshmen Traevon Jackson (Westerville, Ohio), Frank Kaminsky (Lisle, Ill.), George Marshall (Chicago, Ill.) and Jared Uthoff (Cedar Rapids, Iowa).
The leading scorer in Orono High School history, Smith racked up 2,518 career points to rank 12th in Minnesota boys high school history. Smith led the Spartans to a 28-4 record and the 2011 Class AAA State Championship as a senior, averaging 21.5 points, 3.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game this season. He earned Minnesota Basketball News (MBBN) 3A State Player of the Year honors after shooting 47 percent from the field as a senior, including a mark of 53 percent from 3-point range. The shooting guard earned MBBN All-State honors as a junior and senior and was a four-time All-Conference honoree.
"We're excited to have Jordan join us," Ryan said. "He's a great addition in all facets. He fits everything we look for on court, academically and socially. He knows the reputation at Wisconsin both from a basketball standpoint and academically. It was going to take the right combination for him and he has found that here. He is excited to continue the lineage of successful Minnesota residents at Wisconsin."
Smith averaged 22.5 points per game as a junior as Orono posted a record of 24-6. Smith played six years of varsity basketball at Orono, first joining the team as a seventh grader, and started the final four seasons. One of the top 3-point shooters in Minnesota high school history, Smith finished his career making 47 percent (321-686) of his shots from long range.
The son of Gregg and Melanie, Smith has a sister, Nicole, and a brother, Brandon. A high school teammate of former Badger Jon Leuer from 2006-07, Smith also played in the same AAU program, 43 Hoops, as current Badger Mike Bruesewitz.
A transfer from the Air Force Academy, Bohannon appeared in 39 career games (one start) for the Falcons, including 22 contests last season as a sophomore. Due to transfer rules, Bohannon will redshirt in 2011-12 and be eligible as a junior for the 2012-13 season.
"Zach brings two years of D-I experience, and we're happy to add him to the team," Ryan said. "We're very familiar with his bloodlines and we know from his family background and work ethic that he is an A-plus. He's gotten bigger and stronger and he has obviously been in an environment that required a lot of commitment both on and off court. Zach will have to sit this year out per the transfer policy, but he will be a part of everything we do and have a big impact on our scout team next season."
Bohannon missed the first 10 games last season after right thumb surgery during the preseason, but returned to play 13.5 minutes per game and average 4.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. He shot .492 from the field and .367 from 3-point range and posted career-highs of 12 points, eight boards and five assists in a win at Utah. Bohannon was majoring in Economics & Management at Air Force.
A three-year letter-winner at Linn-Mar High School, Bohannon led his team to a 24-3 record and runner-up finish in Class 4A as a senior and the 4A state championship as a sophomore. He was a first-team all-state selection and conference player of the year as a senior after earning second-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors as a junior. Bohannon was an academic all-state selection and a member of National Honor Society.
The brother of former Badger Jason Bohannon, he is also the son of Gordy and Brenda Bohannon. In addition to Jason, Bohannon has two other brothers, Matt (18) and Jordan (14). His father, Gordy, played football at the University of Iowa.
Courtesy: UW Press Release