The Wisconsin Basketball team has a lot of guards who will see the floor this season. Let’s take a sneak peek at who they are.
The Wisconsin basketball team is very guard heavy heading into their 2018-19 season. Despite the presence of All-American forward/center Ethan Happ, the guards will have a huge role to play in defining success for this team.
Wisconsin is very competitive in it’s backcourt and have a number of players who bring different assets and specialties to the table. Let’s preview the top-six guards who have a chance to make a great impact on the Badgers this season.
Davison found himself the benefactor of multiple injuries last season and took full advantage of the opportunity. He was the team’s best playmaker at the end of the season and proved he has a little swag in him as well.
Davison struggled with a bum right shoulder down the stretch last season, but that is fully healthy now. It will be a great sight to watch a completely healthy Davison go to work. Look for Davison to continue his magic throughout his sophomore campaign.
Pritzl is still a bit of a wildcard entering his the season for the Badgers. He flashed some athleticism and outside shooting ability last year, but was still underwhelming most of the time. However, he has worked hard to transform his body throughout the offseason and looks like a completely different version of himself.
This new and improved Pritzl should allow him to carve out a nice role off the bench for Wisconsin. If he can knock down some outside shots and play hard defense, he can become a nice role player for Wisconsin.
Iverson might be the polar opposite of Pritzl. Where Pritzl can shoot, Iverson can dunk. And, boy, can he dunk. Iverson might have the highest vertical leap in the entire Big Ten. The issue has been his inability to use it on a consistent basis.
Due to Iverson’s lack of an outside shot, his offensive upside is quite limited. However, he can still make himself useful by becoming a slasher and a great perimeter defender.
King is returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of his freshman season. Unfortunately, he doesn’t look quite comfortable yet, which means we may not see a lot of King until he figures things out with his body.
However, when he does return, we can look forward to seeing a combo guard who can do a little bit of everything and guard multiple positions. King was supposed to play the Davison role before his injury last year so it will be exciting to see him play alongside his sophomore teammate.
Trice might have the highest ceiling THIS season out of any of the Badgers’ guards. He’s the most seasoned and has prove he can play at the highest of levels.
Trice is fully back from his injury that cost him most of last year, but has yet to reclaim his spot as the starting point guard. When Trice is on, he can knock down the pull-up three and cause disruption by getting into the lane. However, his small stature is a bit of a hindrance and something that will always limit him.
Trevor Anderson: Anderson is a transfer who from UW-Green Bay who sat out all of last season under the transfer rules. However, the 6-foot-2 point guard will get an opportunity to earn some playing time for the Badgers this year, but it won’t be easy.
Anderson is a score-first point guard who is very fiery. He left Green Bay after starting the entirety of his freshman year for a chance at something bigger. Well, if he has a good couple of weeks leading up to the Badgers’ first game, that opportunity could be there for the Stevens Point native.