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Wisconsin Basketball Position Preview: Point Guard

This is a breakdown of Wisconsin’s point guard position. It is the first in a three-part series breaking down the position groups for the Wisconsin Badgers 2017-18 basketball season. Next will be wings and after that, bigs.

Key Losses

Bronson Koenig

Replacing a player like Koenig is not an easy task. As the best shot creator on the team, Koenig averaged a team-high 14.5 points per game. He also ended his reign as the Badgers starting point guard with the Wisconsin record for career three-point makes. But even more important than his scoring and shooting was his leadership, which is a skill that is necessary for all point guards. He was a key part of helping the Badgers get to four straight Sweet 16’s and two Final Fours with his knack for taking and making the big shots. However, all good things come to an end. The Bronson Koenig era is over in Madison. It is time for new players to step into his huge shoes.

Key Returners

D’Mitrik Trice

Trice showed a lot of potential in his first season as a Badger. He scored 5.6 points per contest and hit a team-high 41.8% from beyond the arc. He also demonstrated good quickness and leadership. Jumping into the starting lineup and taking control of the offense is a completely different animal, but Trice has the poise to handle it.

With Wisconsin losing most of its scoring from last season, Trice will be relied upon for points as well as assists. He will likely be the Badgers second scoring option behind Happ. With the expected increase in volume, this should be a breakout season for Trice.

The one concern about Trice has nothing to with his offense. His size last season made it easy for opposing point guards to shoot over him. It cost him playing time in the NCAA Tournament. It could be something to watch going forward.

Key Newcomers

Brad Davison

According to 247 Sports, Davison is a composite four-star recruit. He has a sweet stroke and can use his strength to get to the rim. He also has all the intangibles one could hope for. As a former high school quarterback, he is a natural leader. He also has a tough, scrappy style of play that garners comparisons to Josh Gasser.

During the Australia trip, Davison showed that a redshirt season was not necessary. He is ready to be an instant contributor. He averaged 11.2 points per game, good for the 4th highest mark on the team. He was also stout defensively. Despite the lack of experience, Wisconsin won’t have to worry about a drop-off when Davison subs in.

Projected Depth Chart

1. D’Mitrik Trice

2. Brad Davison

Emergency: Brevin Pritzl

Overall Expectations

Both Trice and Davison possess great poise and leadership. They both can shoot. They both can make plays. What more can you ask for from your point guards? With two really good players competing with each other for minutes, point guard is clearly one of the strongest units on the team.

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