While fans are still eagerly awaiting the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball schedule to be released for the 2020-2021 season, the team is back on the practice court in anticipation of the upcoming year.
On Thursday, three key members of the team met with the local media to discuss their excitement to be back in action and the strange off-season that transpired over the past few months.
First up was assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft.
The former Badger is entering his fifth season as an assistant for his alma mater, and is always a great interview. Here are some highlights from what he had to say:
- First up he was asked about Tyler Wahl. Krabbenhoft mentioned that Wahl has improved his overall game in terms of strength, free throws, three-point shooting...in addition to saying “he appears, seems, a lot more comfortable offensively.”
On Johnny Davis, Krabbenhoft mentioned his ability to create "wow plays" and that he is a very smart and coachable player.— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 29, 2020
Wouldn't go into detail on where he may sit in terms of minutes when the time comes.
- Krabbenhoft was asked in particular about some of the young players. In addition to Johnny Davis, Krabbenhoft spoke at length about Ben Carlson and Steven Crowl, saying that both players are “big guys” but that can play the game with the skills of a guard.
- In terms of the returning players, Krabbenhoft sees a lot of growth across the board. Feels confident in the group. He also likes the versatility that they have with players such as Aleem Ford and Wahl who have length and athleticism to play multiple positions.
Krabbenhoft feels as though Trevor Anderson might have "a little more pop" this season another year removed from his knee injury.— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 29, 2020
Next up to the podium was senior forward Nate Reuvers. The 6-foot-10 big man was a crucial part of the team the past few seasons, and his impact should only continue to grow in his final season on campus. Here are some key points from Reuvers:
- With so many guys back, Reuvers feels as though the team has improved by continually learning. He pointed out that he has gotten a lot stronger in his legs for example, in addition to another year of development.
Nate Reuvers on teaching the young big men:— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 29, 2020
It's tough right now...getting them up to speed with our offensive and defensive principles.
"The biggest way to learn in this league is to play."
- Reuvers was asked also asked about the development of Crowl and Carlson. He feels as though both players will be good, but that they are still working on speeding up their footwork.
- He spoke about how the team should have the ability to have five guys on the court that can shoot the ball well...”it should be fun.”
Last up was the youngster, Tyler Wahl. After being thrown into the fire as a true freshman, Wahl is expected to see a greater role on the team in year two. Here is what the sophomore forward had to say:
- A large part of the discussion was on the physical development he underwent in the off-season. He acknowledged that he added some good weight by eating and working out a lot, and that he also added a few inches.
On the No. 1 thing that Wahl learned from last year:— BOOky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 29, 2020
"The size and strength of people in the B1G. I got pushed around a lot."
- He also feels more comfortable with his shot after focusing on it the past few months. He didn’t do anything crazy in terms of a regiment, but rather tried to get as many shots up as he could.