The Wisconsin Badgers competed in their red/white scrimmage Sunday evening. The season ending injury of Josh Gasser left many people questioning how the Badgers would fill the void.
Despite the skepticism, the Badgers showcased major potential at the scrimmage.
It appears that Bo Ryan has made some offensive adjustments to compensate for the loss of Jordan Taylor and now, Josh Gasser. He will have his team playing at a quicker pace than usual, utilizing the speed of potential starting point guard George Marshall. The offense involved more high ball-screens, opening up the middle for driving lanes and giving the posts a look at the pick and roll.
A major concern with the loss of experienced guard, Josh Gasser, was who would take the shot at the end of the shot clock?
With the new changes to the offense, the Badgers will most likely not be letting the shot clock wind down as often as they have in the past. With that being said, there are more consistent offensive threats both inside and outside, taking the pressure off of the point guard at the end of the shot clock.
Another noticeable change in the offense was the reliance on post touches. Jared Berggren gives them a great presence inside both offensively and defensively. Berggren is stronger and quicker than before and will dominate in the Big Ten this year. Frank Kaminsky also looks much improved from last season and will create matchup problems for opponents.
Marshall, an undersized, but very quick point guard looks like he is ready to start at the point guard position. He was 4-5 from three-point range in the scrimmage, meaning opponents will have to guard him close. With his quickness, this is a great advantage and gives him the ability to drive by his defender and create or score.
Traevon Jackson, another point guard candidate for the Badgers, went 7-8 from the field, adding 16 points. Jackson has been criticized for his inconsistency in the past, but his work over the summer may pay off for him if he continues to shoot like this.
Ryan Evans will be the go-to player for this team. He has experience and will really look to fill a leadership role this season. It is obvious he worked on his game over the summer and has potential to be one of the premier players in the Big Ten this year.
The depth and versatility of the Badgers’ roster this season puts them in a great position to have a successful conference season and make a run in the tournament. The scrimmage proved that there are multiple guys on the team that are ready to step up and make an impact this season.