In a year filled with questions about the future of the program, Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey landed the highest-ranked recruiting class of her tenure.Wednesday marked the first day recruits could sign letters of intent, and Wisconsin fans should be excited about some of the prospects arriving on campus next fall.The class consists of six recruits, three of whom are ranked in the top 100 nationally, who should inject some new blood into the struggling program and ease some of the pressure on Kelsey’s hot seat.Gabby Gregory, a 5-foot-8 guard from Irving, Texas, who should become an impact player the minute she steps on campus, headlines the class. Both ESPN and Blue Star Basketball rank Gregory in the top 60, and her dynamic talent should bolster coach Kelsey’s growing pipeline into Texas.“We are definitely looking for her to come in and do big things for our program,” Kelsey said. “Gabby is a hard-nosed point guard that shoots the ball extremely well, has great ball handling and playmaking skills to boot. She elevates those around her to play at the highest level because of her love for the game, competitive nature and will to be the best.”Wisconsin also added size to its frontline by signing 6-foot-3 forward Abby Laszewski from Hartford, Connecticut. Laszewski is a top 75 recruit and should be a familiar name to Wisconsin die-hards. Her father, Jay, played for the men’s basketball team from 1983-86.“Abby will have the distinct honor of continuing the legacy of being a Badger basketball player as she follows in the footsteps of her father,” Kelsey said. “We had the good fortune to see her play early last year and decided that she had just the right skill set and pedigree to join our program.”Another name that might ring a bell with fans is Suzanne Gilreath, sister of football player David Gilreath, out of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Gilreath was a lights-out scorer in high school and averaged 28.3 points en route to becoming one of the most decorated 3-point shooters in Minnesota state history.Joining Gilreath from Minnesota is Courtney Fredrickson from Excelsior. The Star Tribune named her to the 2015 all-state team and she played for the North Tartan basketball program — one of the most competitive AAU teams in the Midwest.Lastly, at the foundation of any strong Badger team is a strong in-state backbone; the Badgers kept two players inside their borders this cycle. Grace Mueller from Verona and Alona Johnson from Milwaukee should help bolster Wisconsin’s depth next season and be integral parts of the team as upperclassmen.“Two Wisconsin natives in the 2016 class shows our commitment to keep Wisconsin players here in Wisconsin,” Kelsey said.
Credit: Ryan Mattis ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Immigration and labor officials here say the promoters of a show featuring Jamaican singer, Buju Banton, have not yet made any request for an exemption allowing him to enter the island for the May 11 show.“Night of Love”Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, will headline the “Night of Love” carded for May 11 here as part of a tour of several Caribbean countries.Earlier this week, the Trinidad and Tobago government announced an exemption for the Jamaican singer because the country’s Immigration Act prohibits “persons who have been convicted of or admit to having committed any crime, which if committed in Trinidad and Tobago would be punishable with imprisonment for one or more years”.The legislation also allows for the Minister of National Security to issue a written permit to allow any person to enter the island or to remain therein. National Security Minister Stuart Young gave the assurance that once the promoters request the necessary exemption, he was prepared to grant an exemption.Grenada’s laws similar to TT’sGrenada’s Immigration law also has similar provisions, but the final directive will be at the discretion of the Immigration Minister after an application is made for a work permit in the Ministry of Labor.Grenada’s Minister for Immigration is Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.When asked if his company was aware of the law, Ian St Bernard of Sunshine Promotions replied “I am not a lawyer, I don’t know anything about that, I have my work permit, call the Attorney General and ask them about that”.Immigration officials have explained that as a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) national, there is provision for all CARICOM nationals to enter the island, however, the Minister of Immigration can approve enter and denial. “It is always at the pleasure of a receiving state that a person is allowed into a country so in the case of Buju, who served time in prison and did not received a pardon, an immigration officer without receiving an exempt instruction will have to comply with the law,” one Immigration official said.An official from the Ministry of Labor explained that despite the provision for free travel within CARICOM entry to an island is still guided by the Immigration Act.In 2011 Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was released in December 2019 from a USA federal prison after serving seven years behind bars.