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2020-2021 basketball player reviews: Aleem Ford

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A four year player, Aleem Ford brought the Badgers some big minutes.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Wisconsin at North Carolina Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Name: Aleem Ford
Position: forward
Class: redshirt senior
Height: 6-foot-8
Weight: 217 pounds
Hometown: Lawrenceville, Ga.

Season stats: 8.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.5 BPG, 40.6 FG/34.1 3P/78.1 FT

Season in review: Firstly, Aleem Ford announced last Tuesday that he will not be back for the Badgers next year. A redshirt senior, Ford played a lot of basketball for Wisconsin and will look for another door to open for his future.

In terms of the 2021 season, Aleem Ford’s play can be best described as up and down. To start the year Ford gave the Badgers exactly what they needed from him. In the first 11 games of the year Ford was consistently scoring for the Badgers averaging 8.97 points per game in the first few contests of the year. Those numbers were skewed some as well as Ford scored just one point in the season opener.

As the season progressed Ford put together one of his top performances in 60-54 victory against Rutgers. For the game, Ford put in 14 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals. That contest showed what Ford could do on both ends of the floor when his game was on.

However, he followed that contest up with just three points against Northwestern, and then 13 against Ohio State in a loss, and then three against Maryland, and then 15 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Penn State. As you can kinda see, Ford was either up and down for most of the stretch down the season. When he was up the Badgers had a wing that could board the basketball, shoot the three and defend but when Ford was down it felt like the Badgers couldn’t really afford having him out there from time to time.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Wisconsin at Baylor Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Ford really struggled at the end of the regular season averaging just five points per game in the last five, but he came through in a big way when the Badgers needed it most in the Big Ten Tournament. In their first contest of the tournament, Ford scored 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Without his strong shooting night, the Badgers bow out early. Ford followed that up with five points against Iowa, nine points against North Carolina, and eight points against Baylor.

Overall, Aleem Ford gave a lot to Wisconsin basketball over the course of his career. Ford played in 127 games over four years making 82 starts. In an era of college basketball that is one and done you have to tip your game to a guy who a program his all for five seasons. You just don’t see that much anymore. We wish him the best luck in his next chapter!