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Badger Bits: Gasser wants to fill void at point guard

Josh Gasser said he wants to be the next point guard for the Badgers.
Josh Gasser said he wants to be the next point guard for the Badgers.

Jordan Taylor's departure leaves a major void at the Badgers' point guard position. It's not easy to replace the man who ranks second all-time in assists for UW and scored over 1,500 points, but head coach Bo Ryan faces that very task this upcoming season. So who will lead the charge at the point following the Taylor era?

If it's up to junior Josh Gasser, he wants to be the man. "Personally, I want to play it," Gasser told a couple weeks ago. "I think I'm a good distributor. But at the same time, I want to be on the floor to help our team."

In his first two seasons at Wisconsin Gasser has primarily played shooting guard, but he's no stranger to running the point. Gasser played point guard from third grade up until his senior year in high school and at times during the final stretch of last year's regular season. In a few games — such as the Feb. 19 home showdown with Penn State — Gasser filled in adequately while Taylor rested on the bench.

In Gasser, the Badgers would have a point guard who plays tough defense (he was named to 2012 Big Ten All-Defensive Team), generally takes care of the basketball and selflessly runs the offense.

Another likely candidate for the position could be redshirt freshman George Marshall, who is known for his athleticism. Marshall and Gasser very well may split time running the offense, but Gasser will most likely be the starter (at least early in the season) because of his experience and solid fundamentals.

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