All Decade Team (2010-2019)

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This has arguably been the most successful decade in the history of Wisconsin basketball. With all due respect to the 1941 national championship team, the program reached new heights and created a new standard for program excellence. I think its safe to say in his own way Bo Ryan was actually ahead of the curve when it came to analytics. Bo placed so much value on points per possession, playing an inside/outside system, and taking high percentage shots. The Badgers have had some incredible teams, and many great individual players so selecting a all decade lineup was no easy feat. In the last decade Wisconsin has accomplished the following:

  • Big 10 tournament title in 2015

  • Back to Back Final 4 appearances (13/14), including a National Runner up.

  • In 2014 Wisconsin went (36-4) (16-2 in conference play) under Bo Ryan.

  • 7th most wins in 2010 (25), 6th most wins in 2011(26), 5th most wins in 2016 (27), 3rd most wins in 2013 (30), and the most wins in school history in 2014 (36).

  • Badgers produced the 3 highest total scoring outputs in school history.

  • The top 5 outputs in 3 point field goals made in school history.


 

Point Guard: Jordan Taylor

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A badger legend, and one of the most dependable players Wisconsin has ever had. Taylor ended his storied career 9th in scoring (1,533), 8th in 3’s made (484), 9th in school history in FTM, 2nd all time in assists (464), and best assist to turnover ratio in school history (3.01) which just so happens to be the highest in NCAA history as well. In 2011 Jordan Taylor was named a 1st team All-American, 1st team all Big Ten, and Big Ten all defensive team. Taylor averaged 18.1 PPG as a Junior and 14.8 PPG as a Senior. Jordan Taylor was everything you could ever want in a Point Guard. 


Shooting Guard: Josh Gasser

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Captain America himself, Josh Gasser was the ultimate Wisconsin Badgers Iron Man.  Josh ended his career a 3x Big Ten all defensive selection. Not to mention Gasser finished 10th in school history in 3 point % (40%), 4th in FT% (83%), 14th in assists, 3rd in school history in assist to turnover ratio (2.25). What Gasser will always be remembered for are being the Program leader in games started (144), most minutes played in school history (4774 minutes), and most wins played in (117). Josh recorded the first triple double in school history at N’western on 1/23/11. The bottom line is Josh Gasser was a winner, and he was willing to do the dirty work so Wisconsin could win games.


 

Small Forward: Sam Dekker

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One of the most polarizing in state prospects to ever come out of the state of Wisconsin, Sam Dekker played a massive role in Wisconsin’s back to back final 4 appearances. Sam was named to the 2013 All Big Ten Freshman team, and finished his career with back to back 2nd team all Big Ten finishes. Without Dekker’s clutch shooting in the 2015 tournament its quite possible we never would have reached the National Championship game. Even after leaving a year early Sam Dekker finished his Wisconsin career 18th in scoring (1,363). Sam Dekker averaged 12.4 PPG as a Sophomore, ad 13.9 PPG as a Senior. Sam Dekker’s NCAA tournament run was one for the ages, and will always be remembered for being the hometown hero.


Power Forward: Ethan Happ

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  • 2019Consensus second-team All-American
  • 2017 Third-team All-American
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (2019)
  • 3× First-team All-Big Ten (2017-2019)
  • Third-team All-Big Ten – Media (2016)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (2016)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman team (2016)
  • 2× Big Ten All-Defensive team (2016, 2017)

On top of all the accolades, Ethan Happ finished 3rd on Wisconsin’s all time scoring list with (2130), Most field goals made in school history (880), 3rd all time in assists (423), 1st all time in rebounds (1217), 2nd all time in steals (217), 2nd most starts in school history (139), Most blocks in school history (154), and most double doubles in school history with 52. Let not forget his 2 triple doubles. Basically Ethan Happ was really good at basketball, and had one of the most successful careers of anyone who has stepped on the court for the cardinal and white.


 

Center: Frank Kaminsky

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    • Consensus National College Player of the Year (2015)
    • Consensus first-team All-American (2015)
    • Big Ten Player of the year (2015)
    • 2× First-team All-Big Ten (2014, 2015)
    • Big Ten Tournament MVP (2015)
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (2015)
    • No. 44 retired by University of Wisconsn

 

Frank Kaminsky had one of the more improbable rises to stardom in college basketball history. A guy who went from playing 10 minutes a game as a Sophomore, blossomed into a 1st team all Big 10 performer in back to back seasons. Frank capped off his Senior season as the POY. Frank managed to leave Wisconsin 12th in scoring (1,459), 10th in school history in field goals made (529), 2nd most blocks in school history (153), most points scored in a season (732), most points scored in a single game (43). All of this was done during two years of meaningful contribution and one season playing sparingly. Frank the Tank is hanging in the rafters and will never be forgotten.

 


 

Honorable Mentions

 

Jon Leuer: Leuer ended his Wisconsin career with a 2011 First Team All Big Ten, 2011 Honorable mention All-American, 17th all time in scoring (1,376), 4th most points scored in a season (621). Jon averaged 15.4 PPG as a Junior, and 18.3 PPG/7.2 REB as a senior.


Bronson Koenig: 3rd Team All Big Ten in 2016, 2nd Team All Big Ten in 2017. Bronson ended his career 11th in scoring (1,459), most 3 pointers made in school history (270), 11th in assists, 6th in assist to turnover ratio, and most 3’s made in a season (103). Bronson averaged 13.1 PPG as a Junior, and 14.5 PPG as a Senior.


 

Nigel Hayes: Nigel was a swiss army knife for Wisconsin and was a critical piece for many Wisconsin post season runs. Nigel finished his Wisconsin career 4th on Wisconsin’s all time scoring list (1,857), 7th in school history in field goals made (605), most FTM in school history (546), 8th all time in assists, and 7th all time in rebounds. Nigel was the Big Ten Freshman of the year in 2014, and a two time Third Team All Big Ten selection. Nigel Hayes averaged 15.7 PPG as a Junior, and 14 PPG as a Senior.


Final thoughts

Its important to remember just how good we’ve had it this last decade, having only missed the NCAA tournament one time. We’ve been blessed with great coaching, good players, quality teams, and a million memories. While its entirely possible we’ve seen the greatest heights Wisconsin basketball may ever reach, here’s to hoping we find similar success this coming decade. On Wisconsin.

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