Non-Conference Report Card
Trice: (A-) 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists. 44.3 FG% | 71.4 FT% | 44.4% from 3
No surprise here, Meech is leading the badgers in minutes played through non-conference play. I would argue that Trice is the most irreplaceable player on the entire roster. He has shown us that the player we saw in the second half of the season last year is here to stay. Trice is the perfect type of leader for a veteran roster and a terrific on-ball defender. He’s also averaging less than 1 turnover a game while playing at a faster pace than a year ago. Hard to find too many flaws in the senior’s play this season.
Davison: (B+) 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists. 39.1 FG% | 86.7 FT% | 44.8% from 3.
Davison is the kind of player that might be appreciated more after he’s gone, unfortunately. Brad has been shooting the ball at a high clip from beyond the arc and playing quality defense. What Davison has been able to provide this team as an off-ball defender/communicator for the defense is something the never ceases to impress me. I would always like to see more post touches for Brad, but there hasn’t been much to complain about. Davison has been rock solid.
Ford: (C) 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists. 40.7 FG% | 66.7 FT% | 34.3% from 3.
Aleem Ford has been somewhat puzzling to me. He’s a player that I definitely like and think is capable of being a serious matchup problem for other teams. However, he just seems to be the forgotten man at times. It seems unless Ford is aggressively hunting his shot he’s a non-factor at times. I still think he has a lot to offer this team, I would like to see him more aggressive in getting to the basket. Finding his role has just been a little murky in the early portion of the season. I’m confident that as the rotation shortens up some Ford will find his place.
Potter: (A-) 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists. 54.4 FG% | 82.8 FT% | 50% from 3.
I expect the badgers to have a different leading scorer night in and night out, sticking with the status quo. With that being said I think it’s possible we start to see Potter begin to separate himself as a bit of an offensive alpha. Potter offers the badgers an inside/outside offensive presence that nobody else on the roster can provide. When Potter gets into a rhythm, he’s a tough player to defend, and he does his best work out of the pick and roll. Defensively he’s improved from a year ago but can get a little sloppy at times. I think he and Reuvers will remain fresh and keep their minutes down due to the emergence of Tyler Wahl.
Reuvers: (B-) 11 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2 blocks. 45.9 FG% | 75 FT% | 50% from 3.
It may not be entirely fair of me to dog a guy who is shooting lights out from three and blocking two shots a game, but to me, Reuvers has been a bit of a disappointment. We just haven’t seen Reuvers take the next step this season. Defensively, Reuvers is very assignment sound and that’s the most invaluable thing about him. However, he seems to get pushed around by stronger big men and seems to give up a lot of ground down low. I do think we’ll get more from Reuvers, but a sure shooting big man who can alter shots at the rim has tremendous value for this team. Playing with two true big men has surely been an adjustment. If this is a “disappointing” start to the year, I think that speaks volumes about how good he’s been. It’s also worth mentioning that Nate Reuvers is now the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots.
Davis: (A-) 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1.4 assists. 46.8 FG% | 69.2 FT% | 42.9% from 3.
Where to even begin with Johnny Davis… I was on record long ago saying I thought Johnny Davis was going to be the program’s next star. Through seven games he’s done absolutely nothing to change my mind. Davis has been a spark off the bench and provides great energy on both ends of the floor. What I love most about Davis is that he’s always in attack mode and has one of the quickest first steps I’ve seen from a badger in quite some time. I truly believe that Davis is already one of the five best players on the badgers, with nothing but room to grow. Davis gives the badgers a legitimate scoring threat off the bench every single night.
Per KenPom, Davis is logging 24% of the team’s minutes at the “2” and 34% of the team’s minutes at the “3”.
Wahl: (A-) 5.1 points, 5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steal, 1.3 blocks. 46.2 FG% | 58.8 FT% | 25% from 3.
Swiss. Army. Knife. Tyler Wahl has been everything the badgers wanted him to be and more in my opinion. Wahl has provided Greg Gard with lineup flexibility, and an abundance of energy. Wahl and Davis are the perfect compliments to the senior-laden starters. The Minnesota native does all of the dirty work and stuffs the stat sheet each and every game in different ways. He’s shown significant growth from last season and is someone I’m excited to watch grow within the program.
Per KenPom, Wahl is logging 49% of the team’s minutes at the “4” (most of any player on the team) and 6% of the team’s minutes at the “5”. I think both of these stats are very telling. Wahl is in a 3 man big rotation with Reuvers and Potter. Truthfully I think Wahl being on the floor brings out the best in both of the other big men.
Anderson: (B+) 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists. 80 FG% | 50 FT% | 83.3% from 3.
I’m not sure what more you could want from your back-up point guard. Anderson has taken care of the basketball, stayed aggressive on offense, facilitates for others, and gives Trice the rest he needs to stay fresh. He’s still limited somewhat athletically but is a more than willing defender. Anderson’s shooting splits have been impressive albeit a small sample size. He’s a perfect back-up point guard for Gard’s system.
Carlson: (C+) 3.3 points, 1 rebound, 0.7 assists. 54.5 FG% | 87.5 ft% | 33.3% from 3.
Ben Carlson really burst onto the scene on opening night as the first man off the bench. Since then Carlson has made some defensive mistakes that are to be expected from a freshman. Carlson has shown he’s active and physically ready for the college game. The most encouraging thing I’ve seen from Carlson is his confidence. Carlson was more than willing to pull the trigger on any open shot without hesitating. We’ll likely see Gard tighten up the rotation come conference play, but I think it would benefit Carlson greatly to get thrown into the fire and gain valuable experience. I truly believe Carlson will have a bright future for this program, and experience is the best teacher.
Crowl (INC) 2 points, 1 rebound, 0.3 assists. 57.1% | 0 FT% | 0% from 3.
Steven Crowl was lucky enough to get his feet wet in 4 of the 7 games played, making him the unofficial “10th man” in Gard’s rotation. Crowl should be able to see spot minutes in victories this season and use it as a learning experience for years to come. He may not be ready to contribute yet, but don’t let that fool you. Crowl is a highly skilled big man that just needs to add some size. Once he’s able to do that he will be a multi-year contributor and likely starter for this program. Crowl is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the free season from the NCAA.
(OVERALL RECORD 6-1)
Ranked 3rd in KenPom Rankings
Ranked 9th in AP
Average possession length – 186th out of 350 (346th a year ago)
2nd lowest turnover% in the NCAA
4th in the country in 3PT%
OFFENSE: 78.7 PPG (Adj. Offensive Efficiency – 10)
DEFENSE: 58.1 PPG (Adj. Defensive Efficiency – 3)
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