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Bruesewitz weighing options

Freshman Mike Bruesewitz not seeing the floor Sunday in the team's regular season opener vs. IPFW raised a few eyebrows. During the exhibition games, "Bruiser" was roughly the fifth player off the Wisconsin bench, implying that he might be on the fringe of being a regular in Ryan's rotation this season. Bruiser saw 13 minutes of action vs. Bemidji State (4 points, 2 rebounds) and played nine minutes vs. UW-Superior (3 ponts, 2 boards).

So what to make of him not playing against IPFW? Simple, he's still trying to decide whether or not he'd like to redshirt this season.

NCAA rules permit a player to dress for games without burning his or her eligibility, but once he enters a regular season game, that year is in the books. Last season Jared Berggren dressed for all 33 games, but never saw active duty and thus, redshirted. Bruesewitz is weighing his options.

"He's just not sure," Ryan explained Monday. "We don't obsess about anything. His parents were here (Sunday) and they're fine. He's great. He had a monster practice the day before the game, he was filling it up and flying around. Whether he redshirts or not, he's helping us. He's a joy to have out there."

At a sturdy 6-foot-6, Bruiser could provide front-line depth for the Badgers this season, but there is competition at the forward position. After starters Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz, reserves Jared Berggren, Ryan Evans and Rob Wilson are all listed as forwards on the team roster and have a year of experience in Wisconsin's system.

Bruesewitz reiterated his stance after Monday's practice saying he hasn't made up his mind yet. He's talking it over with the coaching staff and his family and will make a decision when the time is right.