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Wisconsin Hosts Top Prospect Diamond Stone Over The Weekend

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The Badgers held their annual Red/White Scrimmage on Sunday while also hosting top prospect Diamond Stone on his official visit.

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In what I can only assume is the most controversial ending to a scrimmage in Wisconsin's, if not any team in the country's, history, the White team beat the Red team 57-56 on Bronson Koenig's jumper with under three seconds to go. The Red team came down the floor and Duje Dukan hit what appeared to be a buzzer beating fade away three pointer, but it was called off by head coach Bo Ryan (who watched the game from the scorer's table) who said Dukan released it after the buzzer. "Little controversy, but that's the final decision," Ryan said with a smile.

This was a big weekend for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team, because along with hosting the Red/White Scrimmage, top prospect Diamond Stone was in Madison on his official visit. Stone took in the Badgers blowout of Maryland on Saturday at Camp Randall and then was in attendance for the scrimmage on Sunday afternoon with his father. The top-10 player in the country, out of Milwaukee, WI, is the Badgers top remaining target for their 2015 class. Stone has already taken an official visit to Maryland and plans on heading to UConn next weekend.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Diamond Stone Visits Wisconsin, UConn Next <a href="http://t.co/uJSiHZYWol">http://t.co/uJSiHZYWol</a></p>&mdash; Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/526725584282329088">October 27, 2014</a></blockquote>

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You can check out some photos of the game here. The white haired dude in front of Stone is Andy North, the ESPN golf analyst, Wisconsin native, and UW basketball super fan, whom I'm hoping had a good pitch for Stone. You can take a look at the stats from the game here. Preseason conference player of the year Frank Kaminsky lead the way for both teams with 23 points, Vitto Brown and Josh Gasser each had eight boards, and Gasser had eight assists. Freshman T.J. Schlundt impressed with 14 points, including four of four from beyond the arc while Dukan looked more assertive on offense than last year, scoring 15 points and banging bodies down low. Traevon Jackson appeared to be a bit rusty, shooting 1-of-9 from the field and only registering two points, while turning the ball over three times compared to only two assists. Sam Dekker didn't play, due to his ankle injury, but looked fine jogging on to the court pregame.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Sam Dekker looks fine. Hucks mini basketball into second level. Will now be in a three player rotation at quarterback next weekend.</p>&mdash; Wisco QB Situation (@drewhamm5) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewhamm5/status/526437317683453952">October 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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With such high expectations coming into the season, the Badgers looked good in their first scrimmage. A record crowd of 8,002 was on hand to see them play, and there was a palpable excitement in the Kohl Center. The Badgers continue their preseason play with a game against UW-Parkside on November 5th.