The Wisconsin basketball The squad always seems like a difficult bunch to figure out when it comes to previewing the squad. During the 2019-20 season, I ranked the Badgers near the bottom of the conference. That year, Wisconsin tied for first place in the conference, finishing 21-10 (14-6). With Greg Gard returning most of his talent in 2020-21, ranking Wisconsin at the top of the conference only made me feel good. The season did not end as they wanted, finishing 18-13 (10-10). As the 2021-22 season approaches, the same feeling strikes as for the 2019-2020 season.
Wisconsin basketball has a lot of questions to answer when considering the roster and potential playing time for the coming season. Here are some of the few things you can expect from the Badgers in 2021-22.
Davis, Wahl and Davison lead the way
With Wisconsin losing four of their seven top scorers from a year ago, Greg Gard will be looking for guys to step up. Jonathan davis, Tyler Wahl and Brad Davison all return to Madison, being the only three on the roster to have played significant minutes a season ago. Davison is a fifth year senior who shows leadership and tenacity every time he walks on the floor. Jonathan Davis is a young, up-and-coming sophomore who will be a major key to Wisconsin Basketball’s offensive offense this season. Finally, Tyler Wahl is a junior who played good minutes for Greg Gard last season, but should see more opportunities on the attacking side than last year.
Wisconsin Basketball seeks minutes for 2021-2022
If you’re a Wisconsin basketball fan, looking at this season’s roster, it’s no surprise, there are a lot of questions. The topic of how the players are going to play a bigger role is probably a discussion the coaching staff has a lot this offseason. Outside of the big three that the Badgers return, no returning player has touched more than 10 minutes per game in 2020-21 in addition to the inbound transfer from Wake Forest, Jahcobi Neath. A player who will see more minutes, and potentially a starting role when the season unfolds, is in second year, Ben carlson. Carlson has only appeared in seven games due to injury, but has shown a presence in the rotation during his playing time. If he can stay healthy, Carlson will be a huge presence at the post next season and in the future for Wisconsin basketball.
Recruitment class 2021 / Transfers
The Wisconsin coaching staff present a top five recruiting class in the Big-Ten, highlighted by 3-star PG Chucky Hepburn. A ton of potential is coming to Madison this season from high school and the transfer portal. Here are the rest of the recruiting class and pickups from the Transfer Portal.
Recruitment class 2021
- Markus IIver– 3 stars, 6-8 / 195lbs, PF
- Matthew Mors – 3 star, 6-7 / 220lbs, PF
- Chris Hodges – 3 star, 6-8 / 235lbs, PF
- Chris Vogt- Cincinnati, 7-1 / 260lbs, C
- Isaac Lindsey- UNLV, 6-4 / 190lbs, SG
- Jahcobi Neath – Wake Forest, 6-3 / 200lbs, PG
Prediction for the 2021-22 season
Ultimately, there will be a lot for Wisconsin to figure out this season. The loss of a very talented senior class makes this coming season a year of rebuilding if you mean to put it that way. Only three returning players have precious playing time, so it takes a while to get to the heart of the matter. With the talent of teams like Purdue, Michigan, State of Michigan, State of Ohio, Maryland and Illinois all seem to be in better places than Wisconsin. If I had to make a prediction today, the Badgers will finish ninth in the Big Ten in 2021-22.