2012/13 Preseason NCAA Top 25: #16 Wisconsin Badgers

Fall is here, and school is back in session, which means the good times are almost here – the start of college basketball season!  To get you ready for this upcoming season, The Hoops Manifesto presents to you its preseason top 25 team rankings, based on the input from our esteemed voting panel.  Next up #16: Wisconsin Badgers.

Big thanks to our voting panel: Jeff Fox (@HoopsManifesto) from The Hoops Manifesto, Perry Missner (@PerryMissner) from RotoWire, Ray Bala (@CanBallReport) who writes The Can Ball Report on Raptors HQ, Adam Francis (@RaptorsHQ) from Raptors HQ, Ian (@SoxAndDawgs) from SOX & Dawgs, and Alex Gallant (@SeaTownSports) from SeaTown Sports.

#16 – Wisconsin Badgers 

2011/12: 26-10, lost NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen

Key Returning Players:

Josh Gasser – Point Guard/Shooting Guard – Junior

7.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 93-275 3Pts

Ryan Evans – Small Forward – Senior

11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg

Jared Berggren – Power Forward/Center – Senior

10.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg

Mike Bruesewitz – Small Forward/Power Forward – Senior

5.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.8 apg

Ben Brust – Shooting Guard – Sophomore

7.3 ppg, 2.2 apg, 58-149 3Pts

Top Newcomers:

Sam Dekker – Small Forward – #13 ranked recruit (Rivals.com)

Top NBA Prospect:



Yes, All-American Jordan Taylor is gone, but the cupboard is far from bare in Madison.  Five key players from last season’s Sweet Sixteen team – four of them upperclassman – return to Bo Ryan’s squad, including Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honorees Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren.  Added to the mix is 6’8″ freshman small forward Sam Dekker, one of the top recruits in the nation.  And don’t underestimate Bo Ryan – any time Wisconsin looks primed to have a down year, the coach works his magic.

Preseason Top 25

#17 – Baylor Bears
#18 – Creighton Bluejays
#19 – Florida Gators
#20 – Kansas State Wildcats
#21 – San Diego State Aztecs
#22 – Saint Louis Billikens
#23 – Memphis Tigers
#24 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
#25 – Texas Wildcats

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