Coach Greg Gard
The Badgers hired Gard about a year and a half ago, and I’d like to think that they understand how big of a home run they hit. Through two years Gard has racked up an impressive 42 wins, and only 18 losses. Now, I know that he has been supplied with a lot of talent, but having a win percentage of 70% is pretty impressive number to start out with. He has also gotten his team ranked up to 7th in the AP poll and ended the 2016-2017 season as 25th in the nation. Gard has been around for awhile now, and he has been a major contributor for Bucky’s success. Consequently, if the badgers want to stay consistently winning, one of the major pieces (Greg Gard) needs to stay leading the squad.
Now, this year many spectators couldn’t really narrow down the success to one man. In the 2016-2017 campaign the Badgers had incredible talent in Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes, and Zak Showalter. Next year is going to be a different story; In my opinion, Wisconsin will have to rely on one guy to carry the scoring and rebounding load. Ethan Happ is that man, the soon to be Junior seems ready to bloom and become a highly regarded talent in the NCAA. The now sophomore has averaged 13.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 1.8 SPG. Those are some pretty impressive stats when looking at a young big man in the prestigious BIG Ten conference.
Of course every young player has their flaws, and Happ’s flaw is pretty easy to point out. Happ has a nearly non-existent mid-range jumper, and to become a full versatile player the Badgers will need him to get in the gym and get his shots up. In conclusion, Happ is ready to shine and impress NBA scouts, and hopefully his progression will help propel Wisconsin to many more tournament wins.
A ready to use Point guard
Bronson Koenig was coined the nickname “Mr.Clutch” after hitting big three after big three in almost every big moment. The Badgers ran through Bronson and relied on the guard to always keep them calm and collected. The Badgers now have came to the realization that Bronson Koenig is no more, they have to find a player that is ready to step up to the bright lights and be the starting point guard. The Badgers have many skilled guards coming into the program like Kobe King, Brad Davidson, and Tyler Herro. When looking at these recruits we can see promise and a bright future, but what will happen next year? The name D’Mitrik Trice comes to mind when looking at possible PG’s next year, during the 2016-2017 season Trice average 5.6 PPG and 1.7 APG. Trice helped Wisconsin tremendously from behind the arc and shot 42% from three. When looking at the future of Trice I see good things, and believe that he can truly help next year’s team[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]