All-Time Starting Lineup: In State Kids

Point Guard: Devin Harris – Wauwatosa, WI

Wisconsin Mr. Basketball in 2001, Harris was a generational talent at point guard for the Badgers. Harris appeared in 96 games and averaged 14.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists for his career.

Devin Harris helped lead the Badgers to back to back Big Ten Championships and helped change the course of the program into what it is today.

In his final season, Harris averaged 19.5 points and 4.4 assists as the primary playmaker for Bo Ryan’s badgers. He was also named the Big Ten Player of the Year in 2004 and named to the consensus All-America second team.’

Harris became one of the few Wisconsin players to leave Ryan’s program for early NBA draft entry, getting drafted 5th overall to the Dallas Mavericks in 2004.

SG: Bronson Koenig – La Crosse, WI

At the off guard spot, I would be crazy not to put the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. The sweet-shooting Koenig left Wisconsin with 270 three’s made and created a level of spacing that would have any coach salivating. 

Bronson Koenig appeared in 148 games and averaged 9.9 points, 2 rebounds, and  2 assists for his career. 

Tournament achievements: final four as a freshman, championship runner up as a sophomore, and back to back sweet sixteens as a junior and senior. 

Bronson was named 3rd Team All-Big Ten in 2016 and followed that up with a 2nd Team All-Big ten performance as a Senior. 

Bronson left us with a forever memory in his game-winner against Xavier in the NCAA tournament. 

Unofficially Bronson Koenig also had the prettiest jumper in school history.

SF: Sam Dekker – Sheboygan, WI

Out on the wing I have to include Wisconsin’s prodigal son, Sam Dekker. Dekker was a five-star prospect coming out of Sheboygan Lutheran and the 12th ranked prospect in all of the nation in 2012 per 247 sports. Sam Dekker won Wisconsin Mr. Basketball in 2012 and hit one of the most storied shots in Wisconsin high school basketball history. 

Sam appeared in 113 games for Wisconsin, averaging 12.1 points 5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for his career at Wisconsin. 

Sam Dekker would go on to play the best basketball of his career in the 2015 NCAA tournament, hitting a multitude of clutch shots.

Sam helped lead Wisconsin to back to back final fours in 2014 and 2015 before leaving after his junior season to enter the NBA Draft. 

Sam Dekker was drafted 18th overall to the Houston Rockets in 2015 and will always be a favorite among Badger fans.

PF: Mike Wilkinson – Blue Mounds, WI

Wisconsin Mr. Basketball in 2000, Wilkinson appeared in 130 games for Wisconsin and averaged 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists for his career. 

Mike Wilkinson was everything Bo Ryan could have wanted in a big man. Wilkinson kept the ball moving, set good screens, played defense at a high level, spaced the floor, and just flat out-competed every single game. 

Mike Wilkinson was a four-year contributor for Bo Ryan and helped lay down a foundation for post-play excellence at Wisconsin. 

As a senior Wilkinson was named first-team all-Big Ten, and helped lead Wisconsin to the elite 8, a feat the program wouldn’t repeat until 2014. 

Wilkinson is still 10th in program history in points scored, 4th in total rebounding, and 6th in both steals and blocks. 

C: Brian Butch – Appleton, WI

Wisconsin Mr. Basketball 2003, better known as the polar bear was a Mcdonalds All-American coming out of high school. 

Brain Butch would go on to appear in 124 games and averaged 9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. 

Brian Butch helped lead the Badgers to their first-ever #1 overall ranking in program history and won the Big Ten outright/Big Ten tournament as a senior. 

Butch was named 1st team All-Big Ten as a senior, averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. 

The Polar bear is one of Wisconsin’s most famous high school alum and favorite among badger fans.

6th man: Josh Gasser – Port Washington, WI

No team would be complete without Captain America himself, Josh Gasser. In my opinion, Josh Gasser was among the most important players to ever lace ‘um up for the cardinal and white. 

Gasser would go on to play 148 games for the Badgers, starting in 144 of them and averaged 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists during his career. While these numbers don’t jump out at you, he was the perfect compliment to the top talent Wisconsin had while he was there. Gasser was a 3x All-Big Ten Defensive performer and a knockdown shooter (40% from 3). 

Josh Gasser helped lead Wisconsin to a Big Ten Regular Season and Big Ten Tournament title as well as a sweet 16 team, a final 4 team, and a national runner up finish as a senior. 

Simply put Josh Gasser is a winner and my personal favorite Badger of all time.

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One thought on “All-Time Starting Lineup: In State Kids

  1. You should research back further into the 1960’s and 70’s? I know of least three Milwaukee and Racine NBA players that had great pro careers. John Johnson from Messmer HS, Fred Brown from Lincoln HS and Jim Chones from Racine Catherine’s.


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