Josh Gasser injury update: Guard expected to play during Wisconsin's Canada tour

Michael Ivins-US PRESSWIRE

The Badgers begin their Canadian exhibition tour Wednesday, and Josh Gasser is expected to play after being cleared by team doctors.

Wisconsin junior guard Josh Gasser has been cleared to play when the Badgers play a series of exhibition games in Canada this week. The five-game, eight-day tour will begin Wednesday at Carleton University and conclude Aug. 26 vs. A-Game Hoops, a Canadian men's select team.

Head coach Bo Ryan said he expects Gasser to play 8-12 minutes per game, cautiously easing him back into the grind of live game action.

"If we could get that it would be great," Ryan said after practice Sunday. "He practiced some today, but not total."

Gasser tore his left ACL and damaged both his LCL and meniscus in practice Oct. 27, causing him to miss all of last season. He began practicing about two weeks ago, putting him ahead of the schedule he discussed last spring.

"I didn't really have an exact set date other than the first day of practice," Gasser said. "So for me to be able to go out there and play a little bit and be abler to run up and down with these guys a few minutes here and there is going to be great."

Wisconsin finished 23-12 (16-6 Big Ten) without Gasser, good enough for another top-four finish in the conference. The Badgers, however, were upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament by Ole Miss, prematurely ending hopes of a deep tournament run.

A healthy Gasser figures to be a tremendous boon for the Wisconsin, which returns only senior Ben Brust as an experienced member of the backcourt. Junior Traevon Jackson took over Gasser's point guard duties with sophomore George Marshall as his backup alongside Brust, and while having another year under their belts is undoubtedly helpful, Gasser returns as UW's active leader in career starts (66) and minutes played (2,184).

Before his injury, Gasser was expected to assume Wisconsin's point guard duties for the 2012-13 season. He spent the year prior largely at shooting guard, averaging 7.6 points per game and shooting a team-high 45.2 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore.

Sunday, Gasser said he hopes to play point guard, though he envisions playing anywhere from the 1-4 spots.

"I would love to play point," he said. "I think I'm going to play point a little bit...I don't really know yet. "My main goal is to get out there and play and help our team. I don't care what position I'm playing.

"I could see myself playing 1 through 4 essentially. I've got to be able to do all those things. I love having the ball in my hands and being able to run the offense but at the same time we've got a lot of other guys who could do that, too."

As a freshman, Gasser played in 34 games, notching 5.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 rebounds per contest. Among his highlights that season was a triple-double, the first in UW history, against Northwestern Jan. 23, 2011.

Aug. 21, 6 p.m. Carleton University (Keith Harris Gym, Ottawa)
Aug. 22, 6 p.m. University of Ottawa (Montpetit Hall, Ottawa) Live stream:
Aug. 24, 5 p.m. A-Game Hoops (Mattamy Athletic Center, Toronto)
Aug. 25, 7 p.m. Ryerson University (Mattamy Athletic Center, Toronto) Live stream:
Aug. 26, noon A-Game Hoops (Seneca College, Toronto)

More from Bucky's 5th Quarter:

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucky's 5th Quarter

You must be a member of Bucky's 5th Quarter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucky's 5th Quarter. You should read them.

Join Bucky's 5th Quarter

You must be a member of Bucky's 5th Quarter to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucky's 5th Quarter. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.