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Semrau, Dennis; Mott, Jim (ed.) / Badger basketball 1988-89 media guide

Badger basketball 1988/89 media guide,   pp. [unnumbered]-[98] PDF (68.1 MB)

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Returning starters KURT PORTMANN 
and TOM MOLASKI have the potential to 
provide the needed offensive support. 
Center DARIN SCHUBRING returns to pro- 
vide inside defense and rebounding. 
Molaski, who can play the wing and ei- 
ther backcourt position, has shown flashes 
of offensive brilliance. A skilled defensive 
player, Portmann is ready to make an im- 
pact in the Badgers' offense. 
The sophomore class could be the key 
to the team's success. PATRICK 
TOMPKINS has explosive rebounding 
power and the quickness and strength to 
play inside in the Big Ten. TIM LOCUM is a 
long-range scoring threat with the ability 
to provide instant offense as a starter or off 
the bench. Talented swing man WILLIE 
SIMMS is also a contender for a starting 
role. He returns after missing the second 
semester due to academic problems. 
Other returning letterwinners include 
junior guard BYRON ROBINSON, and se- 
nior forwards POLLIS ROBERTSON and 
JAMES GILLESPIE, a transfer from 
Highland Park Community College (Mich.), 
could provide additional scoring punch 
while directing the team at point guard. A 
1988 Junior College All-American, Gilles- 
pie averaged 26.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg last sea- 
Sophomore guard BILLY DOUGLASS, 
freshman guard BRIAN GOOD, sophomore 
forward JOHN ELLENSON and walk-on se- 
nior forward GREG SIPLA round out the re- 
mainder of the squad. 
Douglass missed his freshman season 
due to a knee injury. He is expected to 
challenge for playing time at point guard. 
A 6-1 guard from Rossville, Indiana, Good 
was recruited to play point guard and is a 
threat from three-point range. Ellenson is 
a transfer from Marquette University and 
will be eligible at the beginning of the sec- 
ond semester. 
The last time Wisconsin traveled over- 
seas was before the 1984-85 season. The 
Badgers went 14-14 during the season, the 
best record by a Wisconsin team since the 
1979-80 squad posted a 15-14 record. 
Yoder said the trip was worthwhile for 
two reasons. 
"We learned that we have more depth 
that at any time in my six years at Wiscon- 
sin. The trip also showed our players that 
Jones needs to get the ball in his hands as 
much as possible." 
Wisconsin opened its 1988-89 pre-sea- 
son with a midnight practice session. The 
early approach signaled that this season's 
Badgers mean business. 
"We know we have a tough job to ac- 
complish," Yoder said. "If we are to break 
into the Big Ten's top five, we have to start 
beating the teams in front of us." 
If they are successful, the Badgers 
could be tournament bound when March 
madness arrives. 

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