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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 63, Number 8 (Dec. 1961)

Athletics,   pp. 30-31

Page 30

               Badger Basketball Team Will
Depend on Promise of Sophomores
W ISCONSIN'S 1961-1962 basket-
      ball hopes rest with a nucleus of
six returning lettermen and an out-
standing group of sophomore personnel
that observers feel may be the finest
first-year players for the Badgers in
many a season.
  The Badgers, coached by personable
John Erickson, now in his third year
as the guiding hand of the school's
cage fortunes, hope to continue their
rise to the first division in the coming
Big Ten campaign. Each year under
Erickson the Badgers have moved up
a notch-from tenth to ninth in his
first season with a 4-10 record, and
from ninth to eighth last year, again
with a 4-10 record.
  Lone returning  senior is forward
Tom Hughbanks, who at six feet, five
and one-half, 208 pounds, has ranked
as the school's leading scorer during
his first two seasons of competition.
Tom scored 312 points in 24 games as
a sophomore and last year tallied 301
points in 23 games. He has established
himself as the eleventh best scorer in
          Tom Hughbanks
Wisconsin basketball history, and he
has the opportunity to move higher on
the all-time list during the coming cam-
paign. Tom hails from Green Bay
where he was a star at East High
  Four junior lettermen available in-
clude Ken Siebel, the team's second
leading scorer last year with 283 points
in 24 games, and the leading Wiscon-
sin scorer in the Big Ten with 198
points in 14 games, good for a tie for
sixteenth place in the final conference
individual scoring tables. Siebel, from
Rock Falls, Illinois, stands six feet, five,
weighs 195, and can play either forward
or guard. He is a fine defensive player
and ranked as the Badgers' third best
rebounder a year ago. He was named
Wisconsin's most valuable basketball
player as a sophomore, first Badger
cager to receive that honor as a sopho-
more since Bob Cook in 1946.
  Other juniors available include Tom
Gwyn, who at six feet, seven, tops the
squad in height; Hugh 'Pat' Richter, a
reserve center a year ago; and Lonnie
Ostrom, a six foot, five, 190-pounder
from Silvis, Illinois. Gwyn, who im-
proved rapidly a year ago at center, hails
from Milwaukee's Messmer High
School and proved to be the second best
rebounder on the varsity, grabbing 182
rebounds in 24 games and scoring 166
points for the year.
  Richter, who won major "W" letters
in three sports as a sophomore, and Os-
trom, a guard-forward, were valuable
as reserves a year ago; Richter tallied 37
points in 13 games, Ostrom 26 points
in 13 games. Pat, from Madison's East
High School, was hampered by a late
start following a football injury, and
while he won't report for basketball un-
til the conclusion of the 1961 gridiron
season, he will be a welcome addition
to the 1961-1962 squad.
  Ron Jackson, a second-semester soph-
omore, won his major "W" award for
his exciting play in the second half of
last year's schedule after gaining eligi-
bility at the end of the, first semester.
Hailing from Chicago's Tilden Tech
High School, Jackson scored 167 points
in  12 games-best average of any
Badger per game last year-and thrilled
the crowds with his "stuffing" of the
basket when he had the opportunity.
His finest games were against Indiana,
tallying 26 points in each game.
  The untested sophomores show prom-
ise of breaking their way into the Badg-
ers' starting line-up and include forward
Dave Grams, Monroe; center Gene
Englund, Jr., Oshkosh, son   of the
Badger great of twenty years ago who
paced Wisconsin to the 1941 NCAA
basketball title; guard Don Hearden,
Kimberly; and Mike O'Melia, another
guard, who hails from Rhinelander and
appears capable of pacing the Badgers
downcourt on the fast break.
  Other first-year men who rate high
include Bob Butler, a guard from
Champaign, Illinois; Ed Laskos, a six
foot, seven center or forward from Ore-
gon, Illinois; Jack Brens, another six
foot, seven boy from St. Charles, Illi-
nois; and Tom Graika, a six foot, four,
forward  or guard   from  Milwaukee
South High School.
   All in all, the Badgers of 1961-1962
will have speed and power to make the
fast-break attack function properly and
will be improved both offensively and
defensively over a year ago.
  The coaching staff, headed by John
Erickson, will again include John Orr
and Ron Nord, each also starting their
third season in the role of assistant
  The schedule is attractive, including
home games against Cincinnati
(Dec. 9) and Ohio State (March 3) in
the Wisconsin Fieldhouse. Cincinnati
defeated Ohio State 70 to 65 last year
in overtime to win the NCAA title.
   The Badgers play Ohio State, Indi-
 ana, and Purdue, all title contenders last
 year, once each, with the Buckeyes and
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1961

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