Wednesday, May 18, 2022

What You Need to Know About Wisconsin Men’s Basketball vs. Texas A&M in 2021 at the Maui Invitational



Wisconsin’s Brad Davison versus North Carolina’s R.J.Davis during their NCAA game last season in West Lafayette, Indiana (Robert Franklin, Associated Press)


Projected starter

Player Year Height Weight Hometown
Brad Davison Older 6-4 200 Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Backups (in alphabetical order)

Player Year Height Weight Hometown
Jonathan Davis So. 6-5 194 La Crosse
Lorne Bowman Fri. 6-2 210 Detroit
Chucky Hepburn Fri. 6-2 211 Omaha, Nebraska.
Carter Higginbottom R-Jr. 6-0 193 Chicago
Jacobi Neath Younger 6-4 196 Toronto

Overview

Davis and Davison will be the Badgers’ starting defenders because they are the best guards on the team. Both players lean more towards the attacking defender, but will also play to the point.

The Badgers have real point guards in Hepburn and Bowman, but both are newbies and need time to grow and adjust to college play.

Davison will be a key playmaker as the most experienced player in the squad. He returns for his fifth season with the Badgers, averaging 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 31 starts last season.

Coach Greg Gard also played Davis, who looks more like an attacking defender, in the red-and-white clash, the secret showdown with Loyola Chicago and the show against Whitewater.

The Badgers offered three possible options for freshman point guard Bowman and Hepburn plus transitional junior Neath. Hepburn was expected to start from this point, but missed almost two weeks of practice, which prevented him from winning the starting position.

Hepburn led point guard in an exhibition game on October 29 against UW-Whitewater with 20 minutes and finished with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Bowman also missed two weeks of training due to injury and played just nine minutes at the show. Gard has stated in several press conferences that Hepburn and Bowman’s defensive focus is one of the reasons they are good playmakers.

The last option is Neath. He played point guard in high school and during his time at the Wake Forest, but Gard forces him to focus on playing as an attacking defender. Neath brings experience to a young team, passing through the past two seasons at Wake Forest, averaging 4.7, 2.0 and 1.8 rebounds in 50 games.

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