MADISON, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 30: Max Klesmit #11 of the Wisconsin Badgers is fouled going up for a shot during the second half of the game against the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds at Kohl Center on October 30, 2022 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Wings Preview

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Wings Preview

The Wisconsin Badgers will kick off their basketball season on November 7th against South Dakota.

The Badgers are facing some roster shakeups after losing some key contributors. Wisconsin will be looking for a new starter at the shooting guard position this year, and one of their transfers may be the man for the job.

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

Max Klesmit

Klesmit, a transfer from Wofford, could be the potential starting shooting guard. The junior guard comes to Wisconsin after two standout seasons at Wofford. Klesmit shot a combined 45 percent from the field, including nearly 35 percent shooting from beyond the arc in his two seasons with the team.

It’s unclear at this time who will be the starting shooting guard. Although, Klesmit has put up two productive seasons and an excellent performance in the Badgers’ Red vs. White scrimmage. Those performances should carry him to earning the starting spot at shooting guard.

Jordan Davis

Davis heads into the 2022-23 season as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound wing played in 27 games for the Badgers last season and averaged 6.5 minutes per game off the bench.

After contributing off the bench last season, Davis will look to solidify his role this year as a starter. His scoring ability and athleticism will allow him to make an immediate impact in the Badgers’ starting lineup.

Jahcobi Neath

Neath, a senior guard, is entering his second season with the program. The 6-foot-4, 194-pound guard appeared in 23 games for Wisconsin last season, including one start. Neath averaged 1.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.

Neath was a contributor off the bench last season for Wisconsin and will see some time in that role once again. If Neath finds himself in the second unit, he will bring some solid defense and rebounding for that group.

Connor Essegian

Essegian is an exciting prospect for Wisconsin. The true freshman showed out in Wisconsin’s Red vs. White scrimmage, going 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-4 guard showed promise as a shooter in high school, averaging 24 points per game while hitting 41% of his shots from deep in his senior year.

He’ll be an intriguing player for the Badgers this season as he may earn a chance to make an impact off the bench as a true freshman. If he replicates his shooting from the scrimmage, Essegian could see a decent workload for the Badgers.

Isaac Lindsey

Lindsey, a sophomore wing, comes into this season looking to make an impact off the bench. The Wisconsin native appeared in five games last season and scored his first points in a win over Illinois State.

The Wisconsin native just earned a scholarship with the program, a sign that he has improved from his redshirt freshman year. Lindsey’s development will be a key item to watch this season. His shooting ability is intriguing, making him a valuable depth piece off the bench.


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