Oct 30, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers Connor Essegian (3) looks to pass the ball against the UW-Eau Claire Blugolds during the second half at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Kayla Wolf-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball vs. South Dakota

The 2022-2023 season is officially underway for the Wisconsin Badgers as they hosted South Dakota. My thoughts on the season opening win. 

3-Point Shooting

Wisconsin finished last season as the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big Ten. Without the presence of Johnny Davis’ 19.7 points per game, the Badgers will rely heavily on their outside shooting. Tonight was a nice start in that direction as the badgers went 9/15 from 3 in the first half. With the improvement in Wahl’s shooting, Crowls ability to step outside, all five Badgers on the floor at a given time can shoot it from deep. 

New Faces?

There are some new faces for Badger fans to get used to. Max Klesmit is a transfer from Wofford that will start. Kamari McGee will come off the bench and play some point guard, he is a transfer from UW-Green Bay. Finally, Freshman Connor Essegian who will also come off the bench and provide some scoring. 

Klsemit looked really solid in his Badger debut. He is a transfer that didn’t go nationally recognized but I think is and will prove to be one of the biggest impact transfers this season. I would love to see more minutes from Connor Essegian, especially in non-conference games like this. I believe he will be pivotal for this Badgers offense that will look stagnant at times. Greg Gard will have to live with the defensive mistakes, because Essegian belongs on the floor more. 

Improvements

A few familiar Badgers have really improved their games this offseason and it shows. Tyler Wahl didn’t shoot it well tonight, but he has improved his outside game and play making ability. Steven Crowl looks much stronger and more comfortable in the post. Chucky Hepburn picked up where he left off last season and is looking like that next great Wisconsin point guard. 

Overall, a nice start to the season and this seems like it will be a fun team to watch all year. Come back for more Badger Basketball recaps all season long.

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Mar 18, 2022; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers guard Chucky Hepburn (23) brings the ball up court against the Colgate Raiders in the second half during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers Basketball: Point Guards Preview

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.


Chucky Hepburn

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.

Kamari McGee

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.

Luke Haertle

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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