Huge news in the basketball recruiting world this morning as five-star talent Patrick Baldwin picked Milwaukee over Duke. Yes, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee over the Blue Devils of Duke University. He’ll be a Panther.
Our nation’s top-ranked high school small forward and a top-five player in the incoming college basketball class, Baldwin had good reason to pick the Horizon League over the ACC’s blue blood program. His dad is Pat Baldwin, the head coach at Milwaukee since 2017.
Patrick told ESPN, “I walked in the room and said, ‘I have something to share with you. I want to play for you.’ He gave me a hug, started crying and left the room. My mom and dad left the decision up to me. They gave me insight during the process but left the decision up to me.”
Milwaukee hasn’t been to the tournament since 2014, but the addition of a projected top-10 pick should help. Meanwhile, Duke misses out on a star to pair with five-star power forward Paolo Banchero, a significant hit to Coach K’s roster in 2021-22. You hate to see it.
You can see Baldwin’s announcement below: