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Badgers G Chucky Hepburn thriving after significant offseason changes

The Badgers guard looked to slim down this offseason in hopes of becoming more explosive.

Syndication: Journal Sentinel Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Wisconsin Badgers have enjoyed a competitive start to their season, fueled by losses to Tennessee and Providence, which were followed by wins over Virginia, SMU, and most recently Marquette on Saturday afternoon.

It’s been a different aura around the Badgers this season, who added some much-needed depth in transfer A.J. Storr and freshmen John Blackwell and Nolan Winter.

Storr’s addition has already been felt, as the 6’7 guard/forward leads the Badgers in scoring at 13.8 points, having earned a starting spot in the rotation.

But, one of the bigger changes involved a returning player: point guard Chucky Hepburn, who took it upon himself to slim down this offseason in hopes of becoming more explosive.

Early on, the results have been beneficial as Hepburn has consistently found himself driving in the lane, setting up teammates on kick outs, while also presenting the threat of scoring anytime he touches the ball.

Speaking with reporters, Hepburn broke down the offseason changes, his decision-making, the battle between being passive and aggressive, and more.

After beating Marquette, the Badgers have a tough challenge ahead of them this week, as they’ll travel to Michigan State for a matchup with the Spartans before a Saturday duel against the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats.