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Wisconsin Badgers news, 6/9: Monday Edition

Let's start going sport by sport through these Badger Bits.

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Former Green Bay Packers great Donald Driver has handed the reigns of his charitable softball event to current wide receiver Jordy Nelson, as it took place on Sunday. The two Badgers on the green and gold squad made some plays: Jared Abbrederis scored the first run of the game and Scott Tolzien was crowned the Home Run Derby champion.

Former walk-on Joe Schobert, who figures to be a key cog in the Badgers' defensive plans this season, is No. 11 on Fox Sports Wisconsin's countdown of Wisconsin's most important players.

There are a number of former Badgers playing in the Canadian Football League. Antonio Fenelus is a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Louis Nzegwu is with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (h/t FSW's Dave Heller).


Watching Nigel Hayes throughout the 2013-14 season, you saw the immense potential the 6'7 forward holds, whether it was on the block or just outside the paint. BT Powerhouse breaks down the candidates that could make the biggest improvements heading into next season, and Hayes naturally made the list.

Look at that group of nice, young men: congratulations to former UW baller Brett Valentyn, who tied the knot on Saturday night.

Sconnie Legends, made up of players who have Wisconsin ties in one way or another, was eliminated in the second round of The Basketball Tournament by Broad St., 96-80.


While a lot of us -- including the players, I'm sure -- get caught up on the professional longevity of one's career, there is life after sports. Luckily, former UW skater Blake Geoffrion recognized this after suffering a brutal head injury that forced him to walk away from the game.

Wisconsin State Journal's Andy Baggot unveils a primer for the possible NHL draftees that are committed to play for Mike Eaves' squad.


Everything is bigger in Texas: Gary Andersen and his staff secured two 2015 commitments over the weekend, both from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. Andrew has your recap on Takadre Williams and Drew has it for  X'Zavie Ausborne.

Andrew also has another recruiting notebook, keeping tabs on the persistent effort from Andersen for a Boise State recruit and who is coming to visit campus in the coming weeks and months. UW commit tight end Kyle Penniston will be on campus for Father's Day weekend.

Quick Hitters

Jake and Scott were joined by Andy to talk about the Badgers in the Stanley Cup. They also dabble in some Milwaukee Brewers and Aaron Rodgers talk. All that and more in this week's great edition of Kielbasa King podcast.

Former Nebraska commit Monte Harrison was just that after he spurned Bo Pelini for Ron Roenicke and the Brewers when he was selected by the organization in the second round of the MLB Draft. His signing bonus? $1.8 million. THIS IS WHY THE NCAA NEEDS TO PAY PLAYERS.

Bias aside, I'm not sure how UW didn't fit within this group. Ignorance is bliss? Does that even apply here?