Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Point Guards Preview
The Wisconsin Badgers are set to kick off their basketball season on Monday, November 7th, 2022. Wisconsin will have three returning starters this season but will be without key contributors such as Johnny Davis and Brad Davison.
One of the returning starters will be point guard Chucky Hepburn. With plenty of youth behind him, the Badgers will have a new look in their second unit.
Let’s take a look at the point guards for the Badgers’ 2022-23 season.
Hepburn heads into year two coming off of a solid season as a true freshman. Last year, the Nebraska native averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Hepburn also tallied the most assists on the team with 77 and the second most steals with 36.
After an impressive freshman year, Hepburn is expected to take a big jump. With Johnny Davis no longer with the program, Chucky will be one of the focal points of the offense. His playmaking ability makes him stand out, and his high IQ as a floor general will be a key component in the Badgers’ success this season.
McGee, a UW-Green Bay transfer, is one of the newest additions to the program. In his freshman year at UW-Green Bay, McGee posted averages of 11.6 points per game, along with 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. The six-foot, 180-pound guard was the focal point of Green Bay’s offense and posted shooting splits of .388/.275/.808.
McGee currently sits behind Hepburn on the depth chart. The sophomore guard will take the reigns as the floor general in the Badgers’ second unit. McGee’s scoring and playmaking ability make him one of Wisconsin’s best options off the bench.
Haertle, a true freshman, comes to the Badgers as one of the best players in the state. The walk-on guard won a Division 3 WIAA State Championship at Lake Country Lutheran in 2022. He averaged 22.9 points per game, with 10 rebounds and 4.9 assists. As an All-State selection, Haertle brings valuable depth to the Badgers’ backcourt.
While Haertle may not see extended playing time, he will be a valuable piece for the future with his scoring ability. He could provide some excellent offense for Wisconsin if his number is called.
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