Why Jordan McCabe Would Fit With Wisconsin

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Former West Virginia point guard Jordan McCabe recently entered his name into the transfer portal. He leaves West Virginia with two years of eligibility. Here is why the former Kaukauna, Wisconsin star would be be a great fit with the Badgers.

Hometown Roots

As mentioned earlier, McCabe is a native of Kaukauna, Wisconsin. In his prep career, he scored 2,442 points for the Galloping Ghosts from 2014-2018. In his senior season, he was named Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin as well as the AP Player of the year in Wisconsin. He was an electric player, great scorer, and phenomenal ball handler. He’s been great with the ball since he was very young. With two years of eligibility remaining, it would be a really cool thing for Wisconisn fans see one of their own come home and finish his career strong.

Immediate Leadership

After spending his first three years at West Virginia, McCabe is a veteran player. In the Big Ten conference, veteran point guards can go a long way in both in late game situations and when a conference title is on the line in February and March.

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Kaukauna grad Jordan McCabe to transfer from West Virginia
West Virginia’s Jordan McCabe handles the ball during an NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

After losing just about their entire veteran core, the Badgers are in desperate need of a veteran player. It’s easy to say that Tyler Wahl and Johnny Davis are the leaders of the team and both are still young players. McCabe has 94 career games under his belt which includes 49 starts. His 360 career points are not eye-popping, but he’s great with the ball in his hands and is a true floor general. He’s seen a ton of basketball and has played in a power 5 conference.

Experience and Depth

Badger fans are really excited for Chucky Hepburn and Lorne Bowman to come to Madison. I am in that boat as well. The upside and potential that Hepburn brings is fantastic and is almost guaranteed to have an immediate impact for the Badgers. Having them as a duo would certainly be scary for opposing Big Ten teams.

However, both Hepburn and Bowman will only be freshmen and will not have a minute of college basketball under their belt. That might be okay in non-conference play and even exhibitions, but that is a potential problem and growing pains once Big Ten season comes around. McCabe could be that guard (starter or bench player) that helps develop Hepburn and Bowman for two seasons and give them the reigns after that.

It’s unclear where Jordan McCabe will transfer, but I believe Wisconsin does make sense for him and for the Badgers.

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