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Gophers or badgers? Lakeville North basketball star Nolan Winter announces his college choice on Friday

Lakeville North big man Nolan Winter, at the center of a border basketball recruiting battle, will make his announcement Friday afternoon between the Badgers and Gophers.

The 6-11 senior took a little longer than expected to make up his mind after his official visits to Wisconsin and the Gophers’ home state last month.

Winter said her college’s decision would be announced at 4 p.m. on her social media accounts.’s prediction for his future school recently moved from the Gophers to Wisconsin.

Winter’s father, Trevor, played hoop for the 1997 Final Four team, and his mother, Heidi, is a former Gophers volleyball player. Lakeville North players have had success as members of the Wisconsin basketball team.

Winter said he felt no pressure from his parents or the connection between Lakeville North and Madison to choose either school.

The No. 2 player in Minnesota’s Class of 2023, Winter could be the second prospect in the state to pick another Big Ten school over the Gophers this week. The state’s top senior, Taison Chatman, of Totino-Grace, signed up at Ohio State on Tuesday.

The original plan was to pick a school soon after her Gophers visit, but Winter waited a few more weeks for the announcement.

Badgers coach Greg Gard last drafted Minnesota rookies in the 2020 class with East Ridge’s Ben Carlson and Eastview’s Steven Crowl. Carlson was transferred to Utah. Crowl was the starting center last season. Ex-Lakeville North star Tyler Wahl, a 2019 rookie, is Wisconsin’s leading returning scorer.

The Gophers have signed three players from Minnesota in Johnson’s 2022 class along with Mr. Basketball winner Braeden Carrington, Pharrel Payne and Josh Ola-Joseph. The U’s first commitment of 2023 was guard Cameron Christie, Illinois’ No. 1 senior.

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