Wisconsin Badgers coach Greg Gard and his team returned to the court Monday, marking the first official UW practice for the 2022-23 college basketball season.
UW, the reigning Big Ten regular season champions, enter the new season without many of the faces that helped bring that title to light. Gone are Johnny Davis (NBA), Brad Davison (Graduation) and the three main reserves of the team, especially Chris Vogt.
Wisconsin went out of business in the offseason to combat those losses, bringing in Wofford guard Max Klesmit and UW-Green Bay point guard Kamari McGee to help rebuild some of the lost depth.
Thankfully, UW returns a solid core to build around, consisting of Chucky Hepburn, Tyler Wahl, and Steven Crowl, all of whom were starters last season.
The coaching staff also has the likes of Jordan Davis, Jahcobi Neath, Chris Hodges, Markus Ilver, Isaac Linsey and Carter Gilmore making notable strides after an entire offseason of development.
Connor Essegian, Wisconsin’s only scholarship recruit in the 2022 cycle, made some noise during the team’s trip abroad and is an exciting young shooter to watch.
The first day of practice for the Wisconsin men’s basketball program is officially in the books.
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