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Wisconsin Basketball Player Absent from Practice Due to Accident

Wisconsin basketball practiced without one of their most promising freshmen big men.



Wisconsin Basketball; Badgers head coach Greg Gard ... Gus Yalden
Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard is shown during the first half of their game against Illinois Saturday, January 28, 2023 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis.

The excitement was palpable as the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team took to the court for their first practice of the season that was open to the media, but one notable absence raised eyebrows. Gus Yalden, the highly-touted 6-foot-9 freshman big man, was nowhere to be seen.

As it turns out, Yalden’s absence is not due to any basketball-related issues or health concerns but rather an unfortunate accident involving a scooter, according to a report from Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The incident reportedly occurred off the court and left the young forward unable to participate in the Wisconsin Badgers practice session.

Wisconsin Basketball Freshman Gus Yalden Unable to Practice 

While specific details of the accident haven’t been disclosed, it’s reassuring that this situation doesn’t seem to be a major cause for concern regarding Gus Yalden’s long-term basketball prospects. Injuries and accidents can happen to anyone, and, fortunately, Yalden’s situation doesn’t appear to be severe enough that he’ll miss extended time.

Yalden, an inside-out big man known for his scoring ability around the rim and advanced footwork, is expected to be a key contributor to the Wisconsin basketball frontcourt this season. Fans will undoubtedly be eager to see him back on the court as soon as possible — competing with Carter Gilmore, Nolan Winter, Chris Hodges, and Markus Ilver for minutes behind the starters Tyler Wahl and Steven Crowl.

As Greg Gard and the Badgers continue their preparations for the upcoming season, Yalden’s absence serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of sports and the importance of players’ safety, both on and off the court.

We wish Gus Yalden a swift recovery and hope to see him back in action soon, contributing to the Wisconsin basketball team’s success.

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Trevor Lovec is a freelance sports writer, correspondent, and a diehard Northern Iowa fan. He covers trending Wisconsin football and basketball social media topics.