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Wisconsin basketball returning player profile: Trevor Anderson

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The valuable senior guard is back for another season of providing a spark off the bench.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 25 Legends Classic - Wisconsin v Richmond Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While the official start date of the 2020-2021 college basketball season is still up for discussion, we here at Bucky’s 5th Quarter are champing at the bit for hoops to start and have decided to get our returning player profile series going again. Over the next two weeks we will profile all of the returning players and then the week after that we will profile all of the incoming freshmen on the team.

The next player up for the defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers is senior point guard Trevor Anderson.

Michigan State v Wisconsin Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Position: point guard

Height: 6-foot-2

Year: redshirt senior

Hometown: Stevens Point (SPASH)

Recruiting info: class of 2016; 3-star point guard by 247 Composite (No. 408 nationally, No. 92 PG, No. 5 in Wisconsin) committed to UW-Green Bay; offers from Albany, Drake, Lafayette, Lehigh, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Toledo; transferred to Wisconsin for the 2017-18 season and redshirted

2019-20 statistics: 31 games played, 19-of-49 (7-of-25 from three), 56 points (1.8 ppg), 41 rebounds (1.3 rpg), 38 assists (1.2 apg), four steals, one block, 17 turnovers

Career statistics (Wisconsin only): 39 games played, 25-of-59 (8-of-26 from three), 69 points (1.8 ppg), 50 rebounds (1.3 rpg), 41 assists (1.1 apg), four steals, one block, 18 turnovers

Player overview: Another player on the Badgers who is their high school’s all-time leading scorer! Anderson finished his standout high school career at Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) as the all-time leading scorer with 2,360 points, the eighth-most points in the history of Wisconsin high school basketball! His career record at SPASH was 100-6!!

In his freshman season with the Phoenix, Anderson averaged 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while starting the first 20 games of the season. He missed the rest of the season with a back injury and then decided to transfer to Madison. After redshirting his transfer year he was a key backup for the Badgers in 2018-19 for the first eight games of the season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Last year Anderson was finally healthy and able to play a full season for the Badgers. He filled in at both guard spots as the first guard off the bench (if Brevin Pritzl started) or the second guard off the bench if Pritzl was sixth man. While he isn’t often called upon to provide instant offense, he is capable of doing that like last year at Rutgers where he scored 11 points and helped Wisconsin take the lead around halftime (in an eventual loss, sad).

Role on 2020-21 team: Anderson will either be the first or second player off the bench, depending on matchups and how wing Tyler Wahl is playing. He’ll provide valuable minutes to give D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison a breather and can even get buckets if needed. Every team needs a player like Anderson and the Badgers are lucky to have him.