Wednesday, July 3, 2013
By Luke Lapinski
When Josh Gasser first arrived on the Wisconsin campus as a three-star recruit in the class of 2010, he was a point guard. Then he slid over to play more wing with Jordan Taylor already in place. And it worked out pretty well for the Badgers. Gasser became the school's first true freshman starter since Alando Tucker made that impact back in the 2002-03 campaign.
With Taylor leaving after the 2011-12 season, there was a strong feeling that Gasser would step in and take over as a point guard again. But he went down with a knee injury before the games even began, and missed the entire year. ESPN's Jeff Goodman notes that, while the junior hasn't been cleared for contact just yet, there's plenty of optimism that he'll be good to go by the time the team's first official practice rolls around. That would be huge for Wisconsin not only because of Gasser's talent, but because of the leadership he provides as well. And the Badgers will have quite the loaded backcourt if he is able to contribute from the start of the season. Ben Brust evolved into the team's leading scorer in 2012-13 and, as Goodman also points out, Traevon Jackson and George Marshall emerged as viable perimeter weapons as well. They're all back now, and a healthy Gasser would give Bo Ryan a bevy of talent to work with on the outside.