The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team opens their season in 24 days and on Friday afternoon their practice was open to local media types and, boy howdy, were there Tweets! Here are some updates on Micah Potter’s...whole situation, Kobe King’s confidence and a really sweet poster that Nate Reuvers is now on!
- First things first...here is that poster.
As the great philosopher Marshawn Lynch once said, “Everyone gon’ get got... I’m gon’ get mine more than I get got, doe.” https://t.co/ZC5zKtQpTa— Nathan Reuvers (@Reuvers35) October 12, 2019
Samad Qawi is the newest walk-on for the Badgers who also happens to have the best nickname we’ve heard since Professor Smackdaddy.
Newest #Badgers walk-on is Samad Qawi. Nickname: The Giannis of the SERF. Raw, but athletic. Dunked over Reuvers in practice today.— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) October 11, 2019
Oh yeah, he’s also pre-med.
One of #Badgers two new walk-ons is Samad Qawi, who battled injuries at Racine Horlick. He is a 6-6 junior forward who wants to be a doctor. Just put a veteran big man on a poster.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 11, 2019
- A couple of injury updates.
One #Badgers player I am curious about is Kobe King. Now two years removed from ugly knee injury, he appears stronger and more confident. Needs to blossom.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 11, 2019
#Badgers guard Trevor Anderson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury at Iowa in 2018-'19, is wearing brace on knee. Said he is still working his way back but believes he will return to form he had before first injury, during preseason work last fall.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 11, 2019
#Badgers coaches/players sounded optimistic about Aleem Ford before last season. Then came a knee injury. Ford looks bigger, stronger now. His teammates/coaches believe he will be a different, all-around player. Cautious optimism.— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 11, 2019
Owen Hamilton still not practicing. Had a herniated disc in his back and underwent two surgeries. Only basketball activities are shooting free throws. Conditioning limited to walking and stretching. #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 11, 2019
Potrykus is so right about Kobe King. The Badgers are probably a fringe NCAA Tournament with him playing like he did last year. If he takes the next step, they are a top-four in the B1G level team.
- The NCAA: always and forever the worst.
"I can’t compare it to any other situation. All I know is we felt we had a very strong case. I feel it’s unjust. I don’t know why I’m being punished for an extra semester. It is what it is, but we have to move forward."— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) October 11, 2019
Micah Potter on the NCAA denying his appeal. pic.twitter.com/S2hB6QTpzF
Asked #Badgers forward Micah Potter about when he found out that his waiver was denied by the NCAA appeals committee. Found out yesterday from HC Greg Gard before practice. Full quote: pic.twitter.com/o2IzLxqQoe— Jake Kocorowski (@JakeKoco) October 11, 2019
The Badgers will be woefully thin in the front court until Potter returns, but hopefully he’ll come out with a big chip on his shoulder once he’s eligible.
- Someone who can maybe take some of Potter’s minutes? True freshman Tyler Wahl.
#Badgers coach Greg Gard on what makes freshman Tyler Wahl a potential contributor:— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) October 11, 2019
Gard: Versatility, toughness, not bashful, don’t have to repeat instructions. Brings a lot to the floor.
- A good story on Alando Tucker’s difficult decision to take the interim assistant coach job in place of Howard Moore.
"He helped me see life outside of what I was doing on the court.” What Alando Tucker learned from Howard Moore and how he made the difficult decision to accept a job as the #Badgers interim assistant coach. https://t.co/hPwr0TN5RI— Jim Polzin (@JimPolzinWSJ) October 11, 2019
We are hoping to have a reporter at the Red/White Scrimmage on Sunday to give y’all more info on how the team looks in a more competitive setting.