Wisconsin‘s Josh Gasser is out for the season after tearing his ACL. It was reported that Gasser sustained the injury Saturday morning, during a team practice. Just two days ago, at Big Ten Media Day, head coach Bo Ryan announced that Gasser would be the starting point guard.
Wisconsin now has lost their top two point guards from last season, after the graduation of Jordan Taylor. Gasser, a junior, will be redshirted and will have two years of eligibility left.
Obviously this is horrible for Wisconsin, as Gasser would have brought a stable feel to the point guard position. Ryan’s offense, which is known to be steady and methodical, is so dependent on a strong and stable point guard. With Gasser gone, Ryan will have to look around his roster for someone to fill the void.
The most likely answer is probably redshirted freshman George Marshall. Marshall is a quick point guard from Chicago. The program has had high hopes for Marshall, before Gasser even went down. Last season Taylor said “I think the sky is the limit for [Marshall]. You probably won’t even remember I was here by the time he gets done”.
That is very high praise for a guy who has never played a game for Wisconsin, especially from a Badger great. Other options could include junior sharpshooter Ben Brust or inexperienced sophomore Traevon Jackson. Brust was their sixth man last year and was one of the best in the conference. It is likely Ryan will not want to change his role.
Whoever the point guard is for Wisconsin it will be even more important that their other top players carry the load. Standout freshman Sam Dekker, and veterans forward Ryan Evans, and center Jared Berggren are very capable of carrying a team, and will have to do so without Gasser. Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches in America, and he will have to prove it yet again this season without Gasser. I believe without Gasser Wisconsin is still a top-half Big Ten team.