Greg Gard and the Wisconsin coaching staff made Zach Kinziger a priority in July and it has now paid off for the Badgers. At both the NY2LA Summer Jam and Final Chapter tournaments, Gard and Wisconsin assistants were in attendance for plenty of Kinziger and Team Herro’s games. Following all of that, on Friday the 6’3” guard announced his commitment to his home state school. 

Over the past several months the recruitment stock of Kinziger has greatly risen. It started in his sophomore year at De Pere High School in which he averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assisted in helping them go a perfect 30-0 on their way to a state championship. Following that with Team Herro on the EYBL he averaged 17.2 points a game. 

The commitment comes after he was initially offered by Wisconsin back in the end of June. Kinziger was also offered by Cal Poly, Green Bay, Illinois State, and Toledo. Earlier this week on Tuesday, the junior took a visit to Madison. “I visited and loved it. Talked with the coaches, watched a practice, and toured the campus,” Kinziger said about his trip. “Everything checked my boxes, and I knew leaving I wanted to be a Badger.”

There were a few prominent factors that came into play in his commitment. “The main things I like about Wisconsin is the coaching staff and the culture they have there. Also, being able to play at the highest level in my home state in front of seventeen thousand is hard to beat.”

While he has yet to start his junior year, Kinziger knew it was time to make his commitment. “It was a perfect fit for me, so I figured why wait,” he said about the early commitment. “I love everything about it and now that the pressure is off, and I can enjoy my last two years trying to bring two more state championships to my school and enjoy playing the game I love with my friends.”