Wisconsin's players should be ravenous once they begin preparing for the 2016-'17 season.That's a better place to be than, say, picking up the pieces after a losing season, or having to replace several seniors or the rent-a-players declaring for the draft, or having an eligibility studies scandal blow up. There is, however, work to be done.
The Badgers could field a deeper, more experienced team, even if Nigel Hayes decides to forgo his final season of eligibility.
They'll enjoy a more stable environment because Greg Gard, who took over when Bo Ryan retired 12 games into the season, will be their leader from Day 1.
There shouldn't be any doubt that UW's players expect more success next season.
"I think we've progressed all year, a ton," said [Bronson] Koenig, who must be an assertive leader next season. "Coach was kind of talking about how most people thought it was a lost season, a rebuilding season or whatever you want to call it. We kind of shocked the country."It's living up to the expectation that matters.
UW had to rely on its defense as the season progressed for several reasons. Hayes' shooting numbers slumped to 29.3% from three-point range and 36.8% overall — from 39.6% and 49.7% overall last season.
Hayes, Koenig and everyone else on the roster had to learn the new offense on the fly.
"We know the summer is going to be a good summer for all of us," said [Zak] Showalter, who will be a redshirt senior next season. "We've got a lot of work to do. But we'll be ready to work."
Retrieved from Eclectic Emily.
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