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Wisconsin basketball: Brevin Pritzl granted medical hardship

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The redshirt freshman retains a year of eligibility.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois at Wisconsin Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard and his coaching staff will have a potential key contributor for four more years.

UW announced on Monday that shooting guard Brevin Pritzl received a medical hardship for the 2015-16 season in which he only played only game due a broken foot. The De Pere, Wis., native suffered the injury in early August then re-aggravated it in December, shortening his freshman campaign with playing only one game — four minutes — last season against Sienna on Nov. 15.

The 6’3, 195-pound guard came to UW a highly touted prep recruit, and was named all-state by both The Associated Press (AP) and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. He finished his high school career as De Pere’s all-time leading score with 1,720 points.

Here’s the official release:

Pritzl granted medical hardship for 2015-16

Wisconsin redshirt freshman now has four years of eligibility remaining

Sept. 26, 2016

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin men’s basketball student-athlete Brevin Pritzl has been granted a medical hardship for the 2015-16 season by the Big Ten Conference. The redshirt freshman will have four years of eligibility remaining in his collegiate playing career, beginning in 2016-17.

A native of De Pere, Wisconsin, Pritzl suffered a broken foot in August of 2015 and reinjured it on Dec. 1. He appeared in just one game for the Badgers during his freshman season.

The all-time leading scorer in De Pere High School, Pritzl scored 1,720 points in his prep career and helped lead the Redbirds to 84 wins and four conference championships.