Semrau, Dennis; Mott, Jim (ed.) / Badger basketball 1988-89 media guide
Badger basketball 1988/89 media guide, pp. [unnumbered]- PDF (68.1 MB)
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 ROB WILLEY. NEWCOMERS TO TO SPARK ATTACK 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- son. 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. BADGERS FOCUS ON TOUGH CHALLENGE 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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