D’Mitrik Trice – Redshirt Senior
Entering his final campaign, Meech has grown into a player that I never expected him to become. A true floor general. Trice excels as a jump shooter, has improved drastically at creating shots for others, can push the pace, and takes care of the basketball. Trice deserved his 3rd team All Big-Ten honor last season.
Trice attempted 54% of his shots from 3 last season per CBB Reference, and is a career 38% shooter from downtown. When Trice has his jumper falling, especially late in the shot clock the badgers are a tough team to beat.
Wisconsin has just one more year of Trice at the helm and he shouldn’t be taken for granted. Just a year ago Trice ranked 2nd in both offensive/defensive win shares. While Trice hasn’t always been a traditional point guard, last season he became a treu floor general and grew into exactly what this team needs at the helm.
Per Synergy, players defended by Trice averaged (.776 PPP), ranking in the 68th percentile (very good defender), and opponents only shot 37% from the field. Trice provides a steady on-ball defender against opposing team’s point guards and is excellent at getting over the top of ball screens.
offensively Trice averaged (.848 PPP) which is right around the college basketball average. Not to mention 42.4 percent of Trice’s offense comes out of the pick and roll with him acting as the ball handler. He was among college basketball’s most efficient passers last season averaging (1.11 PPP) on pick and roll passes, placing him in the 83rd percentile. It’s no secret that Trice and Potter have a very special chemistry in the pick and roll. D’Mitrik Trice makes everyone around him better.
Trevor Anderson – Redshirt Senior
Trevor Anderson was a nice transfer player to land as a walk on. Due to transfers Anderson became a scholarship player and earned minutes off the bench. Unfortunately, Anderson has had his share of bad luck with knee injuries and has been forced to play hurt during most of his Badger career. Anderson has just one year of eligibility left and will continue to spell Trice and Davison when needed.
Anderson understands his role, takes care of the basketball, penetrates and kicks the ball regularly, and is active on defense when he’s on the floor. However Anderson is athletically limited and has been playing injured, which doesn’t always lead to an ideal matchup for him defensively. Anderson’s analytics represent an ideal reserve for Greg Gard. Per CBB Reference, Anderson attempts 51% of his shots from beyond the arc and the rest of his shots are taken around the rim. In short, Anderson plays within the ideals of Greg Gard’s system. While he’s limited athletically, you can’t ask much more of a reserve player.
Offensively Anderson averaged (.778 PPP), which also graded out below average and in the bottom 28% in college basketball.
Opponents shot 45.6% from the field and averaged (.956 PPP). For reference, that graded out as (below average) and in the bottom 17% of college basketball. Without making excuses this is an area one could reasonably expect to improve a full year removed from his knee injury. Anderson is someone who Greg Gard trusts, and will need to find a way to improve defensively if he’s going to continue to receive the reserve minutes at the point.
Lorne Bowman – Freshman
Lorne Bowman enters Wisconsin with the opportunity to earn minutes as a true freshman. Bowman was the 178th ranked player in the 2020 class and the 19th ranked point guard per 247 sports. Bowman finished his senior year averaging 25.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game on the way to being named Metro Detroit player of the year.
While the most likely course of action is Bowman redshirting, he possesses an athleticism at point that Wisconsin doesn’t currently have on the roster. Make no mistake about it, Bowman is coming to Wisconsin to play point guard. That being said he possesses the ability to offer Wisconsin quality minutes as a combo guard if needed. Bowman is a playmaker with great athleticism and a deadly mid-range jumper, he just needs to refine certain parts of his game. Bowman’s athleticism could offer a potential upgrade defensively off the bench this coming season.
The decision Bowman needs to make is whether or not he finds it beneficial to take a redshirt year before getting the keys to the point next season, or if gaining experience and playing reserve minutes will provide him a brighter future. Lorne Bowman has the inside track to becoming the point guard of the future when Trice graduates.
“Gritty tough-nosed guard that knows the game from the point guard position. He’s a leader. You can see the respect he demands on the on-court, from his teammates, and also opponents. Lorne Bowman understands how to play the game.” – Alando tucker
High School Senior
Class of 2021 point guard Chucky Hepburn:
Chucky Hepburn is going to be a beloved player for Wisconsin. Chucky is the 130th ranked player in his class and the 22nd ranked point guard per 247 sports (criminally under-rated). In his junior season, Chucky Hepburn averaged 17 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals a game en route to winning a state championship and Nebraska’s Gatorade player of the year.
Hepburn is more of a traditional point guard with a thicker build (think Jordan Taylor). With a seemingly more athletic roster on the horizon, a playmaking pass-first point guard could be exactly what the doctor ordered. However Hepburn is so much more than that. Hepburn possesses tight handles, great upper body strength/body control, a quick first step, and gets to the rim at will. What fans will ultimately love him for are his tenacity on the defensive end as an on ball defender. Hepburn will make his teammates around him better and allow other players to get easy looks around the rim.
It’s tough to say who the point guard of the future will be, but it’s easy to see what Greg Gard likes in both of these young prospects. Wisconsin will no longer be devoid of a playmaker at the point.
The Future of Wisconsin basketball looks bright in both the present as well as the future.
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