UW Basketball to take Summer trip to Canada


MADISON, Wis. — For the first time since 2006, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be participating in an international trip when it ventures to Canada this summer. The Badgers will play five exhibition games during the eight-day August trip, visiting Ottawa and Toronto.

 Wisconsin will travel to Ottawa on Aug. 20 and begin a rugged competition schedule with an Aug. 21 exhibition contest against Canadian powerhouse Carleton University. Following a game with the University of Ottawa on Aug. 22, the Badgers will travel to Toronto for three games in three days against the Canadian Junior National Team (Aug. 24), Ryerson University (Aug. 25) and senior men’s select team A-Game Hoops (Aug. 26).

 With six incoming freshmen and redshirt junior Josh Gasser returning from a knee injury, the Badgers will be able to get valuable practice and competition prior to the start of the season. Wisconsin will bring all 17 players on its roster and be permitted 10 practices throughout the summer, which is in addition to the two-hour instructional time allowed each week during the offseason.


“We’re really looking forward to this trip and the opportunities it presents for preparing us for next season,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “Taking this trip allows us 10 practices and five games, which is a great luxury. One aspect that is different from our 2006 trip to Italy is that incoming freshmen are now permitted to practice and play. So for a team with as many new faces as we will have, this gives us a head start on the season.

“A week-long trip like this is also great for team camaraderie and the chemistry it builds,” Ryan continued. “We’ll get good competition, including the opportunity to play two national teams, both the Juniors and a men’s select team. Those games will be extremely beneficial regardless of the outcomes. We’ll use lots of lineups and work on a variety of things. It gives us the chance to throw our freshmen into the fire and help our returning players adjust to changing roles. Hopefully this expedites the process looking ahead to the 2013-14 season.”

 Television and web streaming information for Wisconsin’s Canadian exhibition games will be released later this summer.

 Aug. 21 – Carleton University:

The Badgers will take on three teams from Ontario University Athletics, beginning with the class of the OUA, Carleton University. The Ravens have won 13 straight OUA titles and nine of the last 11 Canadian national championships. Carleton led the OUA in scoring offense, averaging 91.0 points per game and are led by Phillip Scrubb, who returns for his fourth season after averaging 18.6 ppg in 2012-13.

Aug. 22 – University of Ottawa:

UW will visit the University of Ottawa before traveling to Toronto. The Ottawa Gee Gees went 15-5 in 2012-13, finishing in a tie for second place in the East Division of the OUA. Ottawa averaged 83.2 points per game, and will return half of the one of the league’s top scoring duos in fourth-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (18.9 ppg).

Aug. 24 – Canadian Junior National Tm:

The Badgers’ first game in Toronto will come against the 2013 Canadian Junior National Team, which is comprised of the country’s top prep players. The 2012 team finished third in the FIBA World Championships and was full of Div. I signees like Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State).

Aug. 25 – Ryerson University:

The Ryerson Rams went 15-5 last season, finishing third in the OUA, a year after advancing to the Wilson Cup Championship Game in 2012. Led by Canadian National team head coach Roy Rana, the Rams return a pair of OUA All-Stars in Aaron Best (15.3 ppg) and Jahmal Jones (15.4 ppg).

Aug. 26 – A-Game Hoops:

A-Game Hoops is a men’s select team comprised mainly of Canadians who are playing professionally overseas. A-Game Hoops has played 10 NCAA Division I teams over the last three summers, owning a 6-4 record. That includes win over Tulsa, Austin Peay and the College of Charleston last year.

Badgers Run Away with 46 Point Victory over Nebraska-Omaha


Badgers punish Nebraska-Omaha to run record to 6-3

UW 86 – Nebraska-Omaha 40 — Final Game Notes:

• Junior Ben Brust and senior Ryan Evans posted double-double performances in the win, as Brust finished with a game-high 15 points while adding 10 rebounds. Evans finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brust’s double-double marks his fourth of the season in nine career starts.

• Senior Jared Berggren (13) and freshman Sam Dekker (10) rounded out the double-figure scoring for UW (6-3).

• UW held Nebraska-Omaha (2-8) to just 17 made field goals, while causing the Mavs to turn it over 19 times.

• Wisconsin used a 20-2 run early in the first half to pull away, securing their second-consecutive double-digit margin of victory.


Final Game Stats UW vs NEB-Omaha


2012-13 Wisconsin Season Stats

Athletic Class of 2012 May be Best Recruiting Class in UW History


MADISON, Wis. — Head men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan announced Thursday that high school seniors Vitto Brown, Riley Dearing, Nigel Hayes, Jordan Hill and Bronson Koenig have all signed national letters of intent to attend the University of Wisconsin and play basketball for the Badgers beginning in the fall of 2013.

VITTO BROWN (6-8, 240, Forward, Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green, Ohio) An honorable mention all-state pick as a junior, Vitto Brown averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds per game last season at Bowling Green High School.

Bo Ryan on Brown: “Vitto brings immediate size and physicality to our future front lines. He’s got a college-ready body plus a 7-foot-2 wingspan and can cover a lot of ground in a short time. He really played well at our team camp this past summer and has improved immensely over the past 18 months.

“Vitto showed the ability to block shots, handle the ball in transition and knock down 3’s from the perimeter in addition to the game he’s been able to build in the paint. He’ll be able to play both the 4 and the 5 positions and has a chance to be a real force on the interior for us in the future. He’s a great student, comes from a superb family and will be a treat to coach as a Badger.”

RILEY DEARRING (6-5, 180, Guard, Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka, Minn.) Riley Dearring earned All-Lake Conference honors last season as a junior after averaging 15 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Minnetonka High School. Dearring, who is approaching the 1,000-career points plateau, is a four-year varsity player for the Skippers.

Bo Ryan on Dearring: “Riley is a long, skilled, athletic wing who can play multiple perimeter positions. He has deep range with a quick and smooth release. Scoring has always come naturally for Riley. His high school team was at our team camp in June and Riley put on a show several times. He showed the immense potential we think he has.

“He’s a very unselfish individual who understands how important the classroom is and has worked very hard to make himself a very good student and player. His father was an excellent player in his own right, so Riley has had excellent mentoring and teaching from him along with the coaches he’s played for. We’re excited to see what the future will hold for him. I know Riley is eager to have a great senior year at Minnetonka before coming to campus next summer.”

NIGEL HAYES (6-7, 230, Forward, Whitmer High School, Toledo, Ohio) A three-time MVP for Whitmer High School in Toledo, Ohio, Nigel Hayes averaged 14 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is already the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots. A first-team Northwest District selection and second-team all-state honoree, Hayes was named to the 2012 OHSSA Division I State Tournament Team.

Bo Ryan on Hayes: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Nigel and his family joining our program. Nigel has worked very hard to make himself into a very good player. He’s got the ability to play both forward positions and has the college-ready physique and wingspan to be a big contributor in the future.

“He’s got a great nose for the ball, can rebound out of his area and has worked really hard to make himself a perimeter threat. Nigel’s an outstanding student who ranks in the top 2 percent of his graduating class at Whitmer. He’s been coached really well and understands a lot of the nuances of the game that will really help him at this level. Nigel’s potential is sky-high and I know our coaching staff is eager to help him develop into the player we think he can be.

“His family has been a treat to get to know over the past few months and our staff is extremely proud to welcome Nigel and his family to the Badger program.”

JORDAN HILL (6-3, 175, Guard, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.) Jordan Hill earned first-team all-Del Rey League honors as a senior at LaSalle High School in Pasadena, Calif., after posting per game averages of 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals. A second-team All-California Interscholastic Federation honoree, Hill graduated in May from LaSalle and is attending Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. for the 2012-13 school year.

Bo Ryan on Hill: “Jordan really caught our attention this summer. He’s an extremely sharp young man who just keeps getting better and better. He’s watched a lot over the past few years as Jordan Taylor was his favorite college player. We have won a lot of games over the years with student-athletes who were hungry and had a special drive to be the best they could on and off the court. Jordan reminds our staff of those with the same qualities.

“His length, quickness and demeanor can help him become an exceptional defender in time. He comes from a fantastic family and is an outstanding student who is spending a post-grad year at one of the top academic prep schools in the nation. He’s very young for his grade so we believe his ceiling is still very high. Our staff is extremely excited to watch Jordan grow and develop during his time at Wisconsin.”

BRONSON KOENIG (6-3, 180, Guard, Aquinas High School, La Crosse, Wis.) La Crosse, Wis., native Bronson Koenig is looking for a strong senior season after missing the majority of his junior year with an injury. Despite missing several games, Koenig averaged 18 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season. Koenig’s breakout season came as a sophomore when he earned first-team All-State accolades after leading La Crosse Aquinas to the 2010 Division III State Championship. The co-conference Player of the Year that season, Koenig racked up 17.0 points and 3.0 assists per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field.

Bo Ryan on Koenig: “Bronson has developed himself into a terrific player and great young man on and off the court. We first saw him as a freshman at our Advanced Instruction Camp and knew at that point he had a chance to be a very good player. He’s played in a very successful high school program and knows what success is all about.

“Bronson has exceptional court vision, great feel for the game and has the ability to take over a game or make plays for his teammates. He also wants to be really good and play for championships. All the best guards we’ve had through the years have had that internal drive and motor to be the best and Bronson definitely has those traits.

“He’s worked extremely hard to put himself into position to have a lot of options nationally on where to go to school. We’re elated that he’s chosen to stay home and play for the Badgers. I know our fans will really enjoy watching him grow, develop and help lead our teams in the future.”

— Courtesy of UW Basketball Media Relations —

Brust Shines in Red/White Scrimmage

MADISON, Wis. — As a member of the scout team last season, Ben Brust showed his teammates and coaches that he could score. During Sunday’s Red/White Scrimmage, the sophomore guard showed the Badger faithful that same scorer’s mentality, finishing with a game-high  22 points while leading Red to a 72-56 win at the Kohl Center.  Brust was one of three Red players in double  figures, joining juniors Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren, who chipped 18 points each. Seniors Jordan Taylor  (16 points) and Ryan Evans (14 points) led the White squad in front of a crowd of 3,727.

“Those are the things Ben can do,” head coach Bo Ryan said after the scrimmage. “He can have a scoring frenzy at  times. He did it last year at practice every once in a while. He’s quick with the ball and includes his teammates.

“He’s quick, we always knew that. And he’s even quicker now. He’s worked hard.”

“It’s fun to come out here and compete against everyone and play hard and take what was given to me, I guess,”  said Brust, who added five rebounds and four assists on the day. “Personally, it feels like it’s been a long time since  I’ve played in front of a crowd, so it was nice to be on the floor and have some fun.”

Bruesewitz led all scorers in the first half with an ultra-efficient 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting. For the game, the 6-  foot-6 forward scored 16 of his 18 points in the lane, helping Red post a 36-24 advantage on points in the paint. Brust showed he could score inside and out Sunday, getting to the rim for eight of his 22 points and knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.

“Today I kind of used my driving to open up the outside shooting,” Brust said. “Any time you compete, you want to play hard and do the best you can. I’m out here every day because I want to be on the floor with the team and helping to win games.”

“We all knew Ben could score coming in, and I’m looking forward to playing with him,” Taylor said. “He did a lot of that when he was on the scout team. It’s no surprise to us. Ben played great and he should use this as a confidence boost and take that forward.”

Red, which shot a sizzling 63 percent from the field, also got six points and two rebounds from senior Rob Wilson. White converted 47.9 percent from the floor, including 38.5 (5-for-13) percent from 3-point range. Taylor finished 7-for-18 from the floor, adding four assists. Wisconsin will play its one and only exhibition game this Saturday, Nov. 5, against UW-Stevens Point at the Kohl Center. Game time is set for 8 p.m. (CT).

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