The College of Wisconsin males’s basketball staff has gained the Massive Ten Convention regular-season crown twice up to now three seasons, however some new threats can be becoming a member of the league in 2024.
That’s when UCLA and USC are anticipated to affix the Massive Ten — and UW gamers are excited for what these packages carry to an already difficult convention.
The Bruins have 11 NCAA championships, which is greater than the entire present Massive Ten groups mixed (10). Michigan State is the convention’s most up-to-date nationwide champion in 2000.
UCLA and USC each performed in final yr’s NCAA Match. And each made it to the Elite Eight in 2021, with UCLA shedding to Gonzaga within the Closing 4.
“Let’s herald the most effective,” UW walk-on Isaac Lindsey stated. “Why would not you need to play the most effective? Bringing in a staff of that caliber, like UCLA, you are gonna should be able to play them and beat them if you wish to win championships. That program is aware of win championships. I believe simply getting the choice to play them within the common season, we’ll simply perceive what a championship program seems to be like. It could actually assist us — and assist each different Massive Ten staff — understand what it takes.”
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Lindsey is certainly one of 9 gamers on the roster who might make the West Coast journey in 2024-25.
Junior middle Steven Crowl had blended ideas when he heard the Massive Ten had accredited the addition of the 2 groups.
“I do not know if it is a unhealthy factor,” Crowl stated. “I believe these are two fairly good school basketball groups becoming a member of the Massive Ten. I simply suppose it may be tough that journey would most likely be the most important factor that they are anxious about.”
Crowl might be round for that. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, he has an additional yr of eligibility which might enable him the chance to play the brand new league members. The opposite 4 juniors would even have that probability. Crowl does not know if he’ll use his further yr.
He joked that his youthful teammates might have some cross-country journey. One fear is groups could should play in California and journey to the East Coast to play Rutgers the subsequent day.
Crowl stated he isn’t anxious in regards to the journey particularly as a result of the staff is used to bussing and flying round in the course of the season. As an alternative, he sees the addition of the Pacific Time Zone as a difficulty.
Lindsey introduced up the Badgers’ most up-to-date success within the Pacific Time Zone — the Maui Invitational Championship — as his reasoning they will be superb. As an alternative of Hawaii, the annual occasion was hosted in Las Vegas final season as a result of COVID-19. UW beat Texas A&M, Houston and Saint Mary’s to win the match.
The sophomore stated there was already a precedent for enlargement.
“I really feel just like the SEC is beginning to do it with Texas and Oklahoma going over to the SEC,” Lindsey stated. “I simply really feel like everybody’s getting the most effective collectively. We’d as properly play the most effective all yr spherical. You are prepared for the top of the yr after enjoying a terrific competitors like that.”
A have a look at each Wisconsin males’s basketball participant chosen within the first spherical of the NBA draft
Crew: Toronto Huskies (UAE)
NBA profession averages: 3.2 factors, 1.8 assists
Notes: Selbo was chosen second general in 1947 in a joint draft between the Basketball Affiliation of America and the Nationwide Basketball League, which merged in 1949 to kind the NBA.
Trivia: Selbo performed one season within the NBA, showing in 13 video games for Sheboygan in the course of the 1949-50 season.
NBA profession averages: 7.1 factors, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Notes: After being bought by the Bullets throughout his second yr within the league, Rehfeldt performed 29 video games for the Hawks, with the franchise enjoying the primary of 4 seasons in Milwaukee.
Crew: Washington Wizards
NBA profession averages: 10.8 factors, 2.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists
Notes: Harris by no means performed for the Wizards, who on draft day in 2004 traded the Wisconsin guard together with Christian Laettner and Jerry Stackhouse to the Dallas Mavericks for Antawn Jamison. Harris went on to play 608 regular-season video games and 54 playoff contests over three stints with the Mavs.
NBA profession averages: 10.6 factors, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists
Notes: Kaminsky, who was waived by the Suns in April 2022, performed the primary 4 seasons of his NBA profession with the Hornets earlier than signing with Phoenix as a free agent in July 2019.
Crew: Philadelphia 76ers
NBA profession averages: 4.0 factors, 3.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists
Notes: After logging simply 26 minutes over six video games as a rookie in the course of the 1970-71 season, Henry appeared in 43 video games for Philadelphia the next season, which might be his final within the NBA.
WES MATTHEWS SR.
Crew: Washington Bullets
NBA profession averages: 7.9 factors, 1.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists
Notes: Wes Matthews Sr. lasted lower than a season with the Bullets earlier than getting traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Don Collins in January 1981. He performed for six groups over 9 seasons within the NBA.
NBA profession averages: 5.4 factors, 3.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists
Notes: Dekker averaged a career-high 6.5 factors over 77 video games in his second NBA season earlier than Houston traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2017. After showing in 73 video games for the Clippers in 2017-18, Dekker struggled to seek out constant enjoying time, splitting the 2018-19 season between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. Dekker spent a quick stint with the Toronto Raptors in the course of the 2021-22 season, enjoying only one minute in a single recreation earlier than returning to play abroad.
Crew: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA profession averages: 1.8 factors, 1.1 rebounds, 0.2 assists
Notes: Grant performed simply 4 video games for Minnesota, which got here in the course of the 1998-99 season, earlier than being traded to Milwaukee in a three-team commerce. He performed two video games for the Bucks that season, scoring two factors with Milwaukee. Grant returned to the league in 2004 for a quick stint with the Utah Jazz, averaging 2.5 factors over 10 video games.
NBA profession averages: 15.7 factors, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Notes: Finley, who at present serves as assistant normal supervisor/vp of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks, was a two-time All-Star (2000 and 2001) throughout his 9 seasons with the Mavericks. He went on to win an NBA title in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs. Finley was a key contributor within the Spurs’ title run, beginning 20 video games whereas averaging 11.3 factors and a couple of.9 rebounds within the 2007 playoffs. He completed his prolonged profession with a brief stint on the Boston Celtics after being lower by San Antonio in March 2010. Finley, who appeared in 129 profession playoff video games, averaged a meager 0.8 factors and 0.6 rebounds in 18 playoff appearances for Boston, whereas solely enjoying one recreation within the NBA Finals because the Celtics fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven video games.
NBA profession averages: 4.1 factors, 1.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists
Notes: Tucker began his profession in Phoenix, enjoying his first 51 video games with the Suns earlier than being traded to Minnesota early within the 2009-10 season. He solely appeared in 4 video games for the Timberwolves, averaging 2.0 factors and 0.8 rebounds in what can be his ultimate NBA regular-season motion. Tucker, who by no means appeared in a playoff recreation, signed a coaching camp contract with the Milwaukee Bucks in October 2012 however was lower later within the month earlier than the beginning of the season.