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Badgers in the Pros: Leuer making the most of December

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With the Badgers off until Saturday, Dec. 28, hoops fans have a little waiting to do before their unbeaten squad takes its talents back to the hardwood.
 
But the current members of the UW team aren't the only Badgers making noise this winter. Wisconsin basketball alums around the world are shining for their respective teams, from the NBA to the Euro League. Here's a look at a few of the former Badgers and the work they've been doing in the pro ranks.

JON LEUER | MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES | NBA
Leuer has been enjoying the best stretch of his young career during the month of December. He opened the month pouring in a career-high 23 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field to go along with nine rebounds in 30 minutes of action against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 3. Prior to his two-point, five-rebound performance on Dec. 21, just his second single-digit scoring output of month, Leuer was averaging 15.3 points and 7.2 boards per game. The Orono, Minn., native recorded his first career double-double on Dec. 9 vs. Orlando, scoring 16 points and adding 12 rebounds. Leuer went on to score in double figures in six of his next seven games, taking advantage of an increase in minutes in just his third season in the pros, his second with the Grizzlies.

RYAN EVANS | SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE | NBA D-LEAGUE
Through nine games in the NBA Developmental League, Evans is fourth on the SkyForce in scoring at 13.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix, Ariz., native tallied a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds in just the third regular-season game of the season, shooting 11-of-20 from the field and 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Evans went on to score in double figures in two of Sioux Falls' next three games, dropping 22 points and 14 points in consecutive games earlier this month. 

JARED BERGGREN | TELENET BC OOSTENDE (BELGIUM) | EUROLEAGUE
In his first season overseas, Berggren has been inserted into the starting lineup for Oostende, averaging 11.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 71.7 percent from the field this season. The former second-team All-Big Ten performer has reached double figures five times this season, tallying 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting on Dec. 4. Berggren followed that up with a 23-point, eight-rebound outing on a 10-of-11 performance from the field.

JORDAN TAYLOR | VIRTUS ROMA (ITALY) | EUROLEAGUE
Taylor is averaging just over 10 points per game for Virtus Roma this season, adding 3.3 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. The two-time AP All-American at UW poured in a season-best 23 points in 35 minutes of action on Dec. 18. Taylor shot 10-of-12 from the free throw stripe, while adding four steals, three rebounds and three assists. He has also tallied scoring totals of 22, 19 and 15 points, reaching double digits in scoring nine times this season. 

BRIAN BUTCH | BAKERSFIELD JAM | NBA D-LEAGUE
Butch has earned the starting nod in 11 of 12 games this season for the Bakersfield Jam, averaging 13.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. The former All-Big Ten performer has reached double figures in nine games this season, dropping 32 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks back in late November. Butch has earned six double-doubles this season, and has recorded 15 or more rebounds three times this season.

TREVON HUGHES | TBB TRIER (GERMANY) | BBL
The former Badgers point guard is averaging 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in Germany. Hughes, a 2013 Latvian Basketball League All-Star has reached double figures in 10 of 13 games this season, including a 30-point performance in 31 minutes of action on Oct. 12. Hughes also poured in 29 points and five assists in a Nov. 2 contest. 

GREG STIEMSMA | NEW ORLEANS PELICANS | NBA
Stiemsma appeared in all eight games to start the season for the Pelicans but suffered a sprained left MCL in mid-November and has not returned to the lineup since. The former Minnesota T'Wolves center was averaging 2.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and a block per game prior to suffering the injury.

BADGERS IN PRO BASKETBALL IN 2013-14
PLAYER UW YEARS LOCATION TEAM
Jared Berggren 2010-13 Belgium Telenet BC Oostende (EuroLeague) 
Brian Butch 2005-08 Bakersfield, Calif. Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League)
Jason Chappell 2003-07 Austria Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg 
Devin Harris 2002-04 Dallas, Texas Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
Trevon Hughes 2007-10 Germany TBB Trier (BBL)
Marcus Landry 2006-09 Reno, Nev. Reno Bighorns (NBA D-League)
Jon Leuer 2008-11 Memphis, Tenn. Memphis Grizzlies
Zach Morley 2004-05 Germany Alba Berlin
Keaton Nankivil 2008-11 Germany Ratiopharm Ulm
Ray Nixon 2003-06 Japan Shiga Lakestars
Kirk Penney 2000-03 Turkey Trabzonspor
Greg Stiemsma 2005-08 New Orleans, La. New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
Jordan Taylor 2009-12 Italy Virtus Roma (EuroLeague)
Alando Tucker 2004-07 Bulgaria Lukoil Academic Sofia

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