Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Why Greg Gard Has Already Changed His Plans for the Badgers’ Center Position

Brad Davison of Wisconsin drives against RJ Davis of North Carolina during his NCAA Tournament game in West Lafayette, Ind. (Robert Franklin, The Associated Press)

launched starter

player Year Height weight hometown
Brad Davison Senior 6-4 200 Maple Grove, Minn.

Backup (in alphabetical order)

player Year Height weight hometown
Jonathan Davis Therefore. 6-5 194 la crosse
lorne bowman NS. 6-2 210 Detroit
Chucky Hepburn NS. 6-2 211 Omaha, Neb.
Carter Higginbottom r-junior 6-0 193 Chicago
Jahkobi Nathi Junior 6-4 196 Toronto


Davis and Davison will be the Badgers’ starting guards as they are the team’s best guards. Both players lean more towards the shooting guard but will play side by side.

The Badgers have true point guards in Hepburn and Bowman, but both are new and need time to grow and adjust to the college game.

Davison will be a major playmaker as the most experienced player on the roster. He starts this past season at 31 after averaging 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals for a fifth season with the Badgers.

Coach Greg Gard plays Davis, more as a shooting guard, in Red/White Scrimmage, Covert Mayhem against Loyola Chicago, and Exposition against UW Whitewater.

The Badgers brought up three possible options for point guard in the new Bowman and Hepburn plus transfer Junior Kneath. Hepburn was expected to start on point, but missed nearly two weeks of practice, hampering his ability to win the starting spot.

Hepburn led the point guard with 20 minutes against UW-Whitewater during the October 29 exhibition and finished with nine points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Bowman also missed two weeks of practice due to injury and played only nine minutes in that exhibition. The guard has stated at several news conferences that Hepburn and Bowman’s focus on defense is one of the reasons they are good point guards.

The last option is Neith. He played point guard throughout high school and during his time in Wake Forest, but the guard focused him on playing the shooting guard. After spending time in the past, Neith brings experience to the youth team Two seasons in Wake Forest, where he averaged 4.7 ppg, 2.0 apg, and 1.8 rpg in 50 appearances.


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