Final Report Card : 2019-2020 Season

Final Report Card

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Trice: (B +) 9.8 points, 4 rebounds, 4.2 assists. 38 FG% | 74.5 FT% | 37.6% from 3 

D’Mitrik Trice may have showed me more than any other Wisconsin player this season. I was on record questioning what Trice brought to the table when he wasn’t knocking down jumpers, which I believe to have been a fair criticism at the time. What happened next was borderline unprecedented. The progression Trice made from a jump shooting point guard who took care of the basketball, to a true facilitating point guard was truly remarkable. I attribute much of Wisconsin’s offensive success and selflessness as a direct reflection of the way Trice began running the show at point. Trice was arguably Wisconsin’s best perimeter defender all season long, an underappreciated aspect of his game. While Trice may never be an efficient shooter percentage wise, his ability to connect from deep kept teams honest. Trice is without a doubt one of the most important players on the team, if it weren’t for the rough start to the season his grade would be even higher. I have no questions anymore, Trice can absolutely affect the outcome of a game when his shot isn’t falling.

Davison: (B-) 9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists. 39.5 FG% | 84.4 FT% | 35.9% from 3.

Love him or hate him, Brad Davison is your quintessential glue guy. What Davison gives you will never fully be understood by any box score. Davison is a bit of an up and down shooter, but possesses the potential to take over games offensively from time to time. His biggest issue offensively is consistency, which can be difficult at times when your role is to lock down opposing teams’ shooters out on the wing while being relied upon as a catch and shoot specialist on offense. Brad was as consistent as they come as an on ball/team defender all season long. Brad never shied away from contact, and always played for the name on the front of his jersey. If there weren’t so many peaks and valleys on offense throughout the season his grade could have been higher. Enjoy Brad Davison, because I guarantee you’re going to miss him when he’s gone. 

Pritzl: (B-) 8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists. 38.9 FG% | 85 FT% | 37% from 3. 

Brevin Pritzl, the lone Senior on this year’s team was a man who wore many hats throughout the year. Pritzl began the year on the bench as a “6th man” type, playing big minutes behind players like Trice, Davison, and King. Once Kobe King left the program, Pritzl logged heavy minutes until the end of the season. It was refreshing to see Brevin play with the confidence many in the fan-base clamored for over the past couple seasons. Brevin always possessed the ability to shoot from deep but really developed into a player that deserved minutes when his jumper wasn’t falling. An above average rebounder, a willing defender, and a shooter whose range knows no limits. Pritzl possessed the ability to change games, and was playing the best basketball of his career before COVID-19 cut his career short. Even though things didn’t end the way anyone expected, Pritzl gave Wisconsin everything he had and will always be remembered. 

Ford: (B-) 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists. 43.2 FG% |69.4 FT% | 34.2% from 3. 

Aleem Ford’s game progressed more than any player on this roster. Just a year ago, Ford was a stretch 4 with no resemblance of an inside game. In his RS Junior season, Ford proved to be a versatile forward capable of putting the ball on the deck when needed, and beating smaller defenders with his footwork down low. Aleem Ford was one of the biggest beneficiaries of King’s departure. Ford seemingly hit his stride and found consistency with his role on offense. The most important developments this season were his improved effort on the glass and his defensive intensity. Ford let the game come to him, and proved to be an X-factor at times. I look forward to seeing what another offseason of work will do for Aleem, who could only be scratching the surface of his potential.

Reuvers: (A-) 13.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists. 44.8 FG% | 78.6 FT% | 33.7% from 3.

Nate Reuvers proved to be this teams rock all season long, scoring in double figures in 24 of the 31 games. Reuvers was the team’s most irreplaceable defender. Reuvers was so consistent defending ball screens/the pick and roll, something that often goes unnoticed and under-appreciated. Nate Reuvers is going to end up leaving Wisconsin as the school’s all-time leading shot blocker, mark my words. All that being said, if Reuvers is going to take that final step in his development he’s going to need to improve his rebounding, low post game, and stay out of foul trouble. All things I think he’s capable of. Heck of a season from Nate Reuvers, he entered the season with high expectations and lived up to them.

 

 

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Potter: (A-)   10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists.  52.8 FG% | 86 FT% | 45.1% from 3. 

Quite possibly the team’s MVP, Micah Potter was an absolute revelation this season. Once eligible, Micah Potter seemingly filled every void the Badgers had. Falling just short of being the first rotation player in program history to end the season with a 50/40/90, Micah Potter was a walking bucket. Defensive woes/the NCAA sucking at their job kept him from logging big minutes early in the season, but made major strides defensively before the season was over. Potter was the team’s best offensive weapon, a maestro in the pick and roll, and the team’s best rebounder. If Potter improves on the defensive end, I think he could very well be the Badgers best player next season regardless if he starts.

Wahl: (C+) 2.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1 assist. 43 FG% | 38.9 FT% | 21.4% from 3. 

The numbers for Wahl are deceiving, he did some good things as a true Freshman this season. Forced to play slightly out of position early in the year, Wahl gained valuable experience that will pay off in the long run. At times Wahl appeared to be thinking too much on the court instead of acting on instinct, which led to some Freshman mistakes. On a more positive note, Wahl showed the ability to defend at a high level, play with energy, and take what’s given to him on offense. The Minnesota native is going to be a beloved player during his time in Madison, he has glue-guy written all over him. If Wahl can improve his jumper, he’s going to be someone Gard can count on for years to come.

Anderson: (C+) 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists. 38.8 FG% | 78.6 FT% | 28% from 3. 

Trevor Anderson’s presence alone proved to be more valuable than the numbers in the box score. Anderson was able to spell Trice and Davison, keeping them fresh which allowed them to finish the season strong. Anderson is still recovering from his knee injury but remained a willing defender and created for others on offense. Anderson provided a spark in multiple games this season and did what was asked of him, I look forward to seeing him another year removed from his injury.

 

 

Other Notes

 

OVERALL RECORD 21-10 (BIG TEN CHAMPIONS)

OFFENSE: 67.2 PPG (Adj. Offensive Efficiency – 40)

DEFENSE: 62.2 PPG (Adj. Defensive Efficiency – 17)

This was the definition of a team. Seemingly against all odds, Wisconsin overcame adversity unlike anything we’ve ever seen to become Big Ten Champions. Truly a season to remember.

 

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