Badger Basketball 19-20 Season Preview

Guards

 

D’mitrik Trice | G | 6-foot-0 | (RS) Junior |– The starting point guard from a year ago, averaged 11.6 points per game last season. Trice figures to carry a little heavier scoring load with the loss of Ethan Happ. Trice is a knockdown shooter and an adequate defender, but isn’t exactly a prototypical point guard. Trice has more of a knack for scoring than creating. Trice needs to improve on his ability to get to the basket and take people off the dribble to create opportunities for his teammates. If Trice is able to do that he could end up on an all big-ten team.

Brad Davison | G | 6-foot-4 | Junior |– Davison is the returning starter at the shooting guard position. Davison plays with so much grit and determination that fans can’t help but love him. He’s a player that will give you 110% every time he’s on the floor. However, Davison is more than just a glue guy. Davison has the ability to shoot the three very well and is able to create space on his jumpers with a quality step back when defenders are draped over him. One thing that needs to improve is his ability to drive with his left hand and get to the rim. Davison is a player that can play either guard spot and in some 3 guard lineups has the ability to slide down and play the 3 in a pinch. His versatility is an asset on a team that values interchangeable players. Look for Davison to become a more consistent scorer this season.

Brevin Pritzl | G | 6-foot-3 | (RS) Senior |– Brevin will in all likelihood be this year’s 6th man. Pritzl really transformed into an all-around basketball player this last season and carved out a role on the bench. A player that was once a one trick pony became a gritty defender and rebounder off the bench, and was at times tough to take off the floor. When Pritzl gets hot his shooting has the ability to change games, the Senior’s range knows no limits. Pritzl will have a big role this season as the lone senior in his class.

Trevor Anderson | G | 6-foot-2 | (RS) Junior |– Anderson is returning from a knee injury that cut his season short. When healthy Anderson is a point guard that can really push the ball up the court and play stingy defense. Anderson’s minutes will be needed this year to spell Trice/Davison because last season both players were forced to log extra minutes that weighed on them late in the season. Having a player like Anderson will help this team in a myriad of ways, most importantly keeping our starters fresh and providing energy any time he’s on the court.

Wings

 

Kobe King | G | 6-foot-4 | (RS) Sophomore |– Kobe King has a chance to step into the biggest role change from a season ago. Now a full year removed from a leg injury that left king somewhat tentative on the court, King is in the best shape of his life and ready to step into the vacated starting small forward position. King has one of the most unique skill sets of any badger on the roster. Kings has the ability to score effectively from all 3 levels and become a playmaker this team desperately needs. I expect King to be a big part of this offense and a player the badgers rely heavily on.

Aleem Ford | F | 6-foot-8 | Junior |– Aleem Ford is a critical piece of this team. He possesses the versatility to play either forward position, and when his shot is falling Ford may be the most lethal shooter on this roster. However, this past season he struggled mightily from beyond the arc and never really got into rhythm after an early season procedure on his knee. Ford needs to improve on his ability to score off the dribble and also his ability to finish around the rim. Ford is a player that is going to be counted on as one of the top reserves on the team and possibly start early in the season if Potter is forced to sit in the first semester. Right now, he’s a bit of a one trick pony but when he’s on his one trick is pretty good.

Tyler Wahl | F | 6-foot-7 | Freshman |– The only freshman in his class, Wahl has the chance to contribute early in his time at Wisconsin. Wahl’s game is an ideal fit for what Wisconsin is trying to do. He has the ability to defend 1-4 at a high level, pass well for his size, and shoot from beyond the arc. All of his strengths project well in Wisconsin’s system. Look for him to be in the rotation right away and provide some quality minutes at both forward spots as a true freshman.

BIG MEN

 

Nate Reuvers | F | 6-foot-11 | Junior |– Reuvers, in my opinion is going to be the most important player on the team this season. Nate Reuvers is on the verge of a major breakout. Reuvers showed a ton of upside last season playing next to Happ, and can only improve with an expanded role. I expect he’ll become the Badgers most relied upon frontcourt player on both ends of the floor. Already one of the big ten’s best shot blockers, Reuvers will need to improve the most around the basket and with his shooting from the perimeter to be the offensive threat this team will need. I expect Nate Reuvers to be on of the Badgers top 3 scorers this season, and to find himself on a Big 10 defensive team.

Micah Potter | F | 6-foot-9 | Junior |- Transfer big man from Ohio state will likely be stepping into a major role this season. Still waiting to hear whether or not he will be immediately eligible this season, its expected he’ll be the Badgers starting big man next to Reuvers when the time comes. Potter fills a huge need at the forward position largely devoid of size. Potter has decent footwork around the basket, has a smooth release from the perimeter and a decent amount of athleticism for a player his size. A player like potter will fit perfectly into what Greg Gard wants to do, giving him 5 perimeter oriented players on the floor at all times.

Joe Hedstrom | F | 7-foot-0 | (RS) Freshman |- After redshirting a season ago, Hedstrom should see the floor this season to some capacity. If Potter isn’t immediately cleared, Hedstrom will have to step up and play the reserve big man role right away. In an ideal world Hedstrom can take a year to further develop and only be called on when the bigs ahead of him are in foul trouble. Hedstrom has great size and a decent touch around the rim, hopefully this raw prospect can prove to be a good depth piece when needed.

Projected Rotation:

PG:  Trice | Anderson 

SG:  Davison | Pritzl | McGrory

SF:  King | Wahl 

PF:  Potter | Ford

C:    Reuvers | Hedstrom | Hamilton

 

Expectations: Fringe NCAA Tournament team (top 25 finish) / top 4-6 finish in a deep Big 10.

Leading Scorer: D’mitrik Trice followed closely by Brad Davison and Nate Reuvers in a balanced attack.

Biggest Surprise: Nate Reuvers

 

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