The Wisconsin Badgers opened up their season at home today against Southeast Louisiana and I’m sure the Badger fans were pleasantly surprised to see forward, Mike Bruesewitz, suited up and ready to play.
Bruesewitz was cleared to play after suffering a laceration to his leg at practice in early October. His injury required surgery and his return was predicted to be 4-6 weeks.
The senior forward only played 13 minutes in the season opener but scored 10 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Bo Ryan is easing Bruesewitz back into the rotation, but his return to the floor will be crucial for the Badgers as they continue on into their pre-season schedule.
Bruesewitz brings experience and leadership; something that many people were concerned would be missing with Bruesewitz and Josh Gasser out. Bruesewitz’s quick recovery from his injury shows just how tough he is.
The return of Bruesewitz also prompted another announcement. Junior forward Duje Dukan will be redshirting due to the slow recovery process of mono. He will use the season to allow his body to recover from the illness, build strength and improve his game all around.
If Dukan works hard during this red shirt year, he has the potential to step in and be a key player for the Badgers next year as Bruesewitz graduates.
The Badgers posted an 87-47 win over Southeast Louisiana today, but they don’t have much time to celebrate the victory.
Bruesewitz and the rest of the team have to turn around to prepare for the No. 10 ranked Florida Gators on Wednesday.