MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 23: Chucky Hepburn #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after Steven Crowl #22 made a three-point shot against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first half of the game at Williams Arena on February 23, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Centers Preview

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Bigs Preview

The Wisconsin Badgers are set to begin their basketball season in less than a week.

Wisconsin heads into the 2022-23 season facing some shakeups in the rotation and thin depth at key positions. One of the groups with limited depth is the bigs.

After the departure of Chris Vogt, the Badgers will have just two centers in their rotation. They will look to the forwards to serve some time in the reserve role for the bigs behind their two centers.

Let’s take a look at Badgers’ bigs for the 2022-23 season.

Steven Crowl

Crowl is heading into his junior season as a returning starter. The 7-foot, 245-pound center had a season to remember in his sophomore year as he started all 33 games for the Badgers. Crowl averaged 8.8 points per game, along with 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. As one of Wisconsin’s returning starters, he’ll be a key contributor on both ends of th]e court.

Crowl is an impressive player who made strides in his defensive ability in his sophomore season. With limited depth behind him, expect Crowl to have a significant amount of playing time as the Badgers’ center.

Chris Hodges

Hodges, a redshirt freshman, is set to make his debut this season. The 6-foot-9 forward will serve as the backup to Crowl and make an impact off the bench. Hodges was a four-star recruit out of Illinois who missed his senior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his junior year, he averaged 15.5 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks per game. Now getting his chance to contribute, he’ll be a key player to watch off the bench.

Hodges has the tools to be a valuable addition off the bench. His large frame will allow him to be a force on the defensive end. Hodges will be one of the team’s biggest question marks this year, so be sure to keep an eye on the young center.

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