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Ben Brust
Ben Brust


Hawthorn Woods, Ill.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 196



Ben Brust finished his UW career as the most prolific long-range shooter in UW history. Brust exited Madison with a school-record 235 3-pointers and finished 27th in Badgers history with 1,048 career points. During his senior season, Brust also broke his own school record by knocking down 96 triples. Over his career, the shooting guard emerged as much more than just a long-range gunner, totaling five double-doubles and grabbing 437 career rebounds, despite his 6-foot-1 frame. Brust also added "clutch" to his legacy after making one of the most memorable plays in recent UW history, draining a half-court shot to force overtime in the Badgers' 65-62 win over No. 3 Michigan on Feb. 9, 2013. Owning some of the fastest feet on the team, head coach Bo Ryan has said the guard comes off a screen as quick as any player he has ever coached.


A two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention, Brust set the UW record with 235 career 3-pointers.

• Owns 124 career games played (73 starts)
• Finished 27th in UW history with 1,148 career points
• Recorded 5 career double-doubles
• Scored 20+ points in a game 9 times

• 2013 and 2014 honorable mention All-Big Ten
• Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (2/11/13)

Record Book
• School-record 235 career 3-pointers
• Made a UW single-season record 96 3-pointers in 2013-14
• Made seven 3-pointers in a game on two occasions, equaling the Wisconsin record
• His 7-for-7 performance from 3-point range vs. UNLV (Dec. 10, 2011) tied a UW and Big Ten record
• Shot .899 (80-89) at the FT line as a senior, 2nd in UW history

Started all 38 games ... earned consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten Team honors ... third on the team in scoring (12.8) and rebounding (4.5) ... converted 96 3-point field goals, breaking his previous UW school record of 79 set in 2012-13 ... ranked third in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (2.5) and 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.393) ... averaged a turnover every 48.8 minutes per game (27 TOs in 1318 min.) ... finished the season making multiple 3-pointers in 29 of 38 games ... ranked second on the team in scoring (12.6) during the NCAA tournament ... led the team in 3-point field goal percentage (min. 10 attempts) during the NCAA tournament, finishing 15-for-30 (.500) from beyond the arc ... reached double figures 29 times this season, including a 15-point, four-rebound performance against Kentucky in the Final Four (April 5), finishing 3-of-7 (.428) from 3-point range ... recorded 14 points and six rebounds against Baylor (March 27) in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen ... hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining in UW's comeback win over Oregon in the third round of the NCAA tournament, a shot that broke the UW career 3-point FG record ... finished 6-of-9 (.667) from the field vs. American (March 20) in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, tallying 17 points and four rebounds ... tallied a career-high 29 points vs. Minnesota (March 14) in the Big Ten tournament, finishing 8-of-15 (.533) from the field ... tallied 20 points on 4-for-4 (1.000) shooting from 3-point range vs. Minnesota (Feb. 13), adding six rebounds ... scored 16 points at Illinois (Feb. 4) ... poured in 21 points against Northwestern (Jan. 29) ... recorded 18 points and shot 50.0 percent from 3-point range (4-for-8) vs. Milwaukee (Dec. 11) ... scored 13 points against Marquette (Dec. 7) and tallied 16 points, five rebounds and two assists vs. West Virginia (Nov. 26) in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge ... scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds vs. Oral Roberts (Nov. 23) ... scored 19 points, including a 5-for-6 (.833) effort from 3-point range, and grabbed six rebounds vs. Bowling Green (Nov. 21) ... recorded 10 points and eight rebounds against North Dakota (Nov. 19) ... tallied 11 points and nine rebounds against Florida (Nov. 12) ... scored 15 points and shot 37.5 percent from 3-point range in regular-season opener vs. St John's (Nov. 8)

Started all 35 games, posting 5 double-doubles ... consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree ... Big Ten Co-Player of the Week (2/11) after averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in wins over Iowa and No. 3 Michigan ... tied for 4th in the Big Ten with 5 double-doubles ... led the team and ranked 21st in the Big Ten in scoring (11.1) ... ranked 5th in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3) and 8th in 3-point field goal percentage (.389) ... set a UW single-season record with 79 made 3-pointers and his 203 3-point attempts ranks 3rd in school annals ... led the team in scoring (10.9) during Big Ten play ... tied for 19th in the Big Ten in rebounding (5.1), the only player in the top 20 shorter than 6-foot-4 ... led UW with a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio ... 2nd on the team in assists (79), steals (34) and charges drawn (10) ... played a team-high 1,200 minutes, the 5th-highest mark in UW annals ... scored 12 points and added 3 rebounds and 2 steals against Indiana in the Big Ten tournament semifinal ... tallied 14 points, including 4 3-pointers and grabbed 8 boards vs. Michigan in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinal ... posted 5th double-double of the season with 15 points, 11 rebounds against Ohio State ... hit buzzer-beating 3-pointer from halfcourt to send game to OT in win over Michigan ... game-high 20 points at Illinois ... scored a season-high 22 points vs. California ... recorded 6 made 3-pointers against Presbyterian, finishing with 20 points, and tying a career-high with 12 boards ... recorded 1st career double-double in season-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana, posting a 14-point, 11-rebound performance

Appeared in all 36 games off bench, playing 6th-most minutes ... 6th-best scoring average among Big Ten reserves at 7.3 ppg ... increased scoring average by 6.6 points from freshman season ... averaged 1.6 treys per game to rank 13th in the Big Ten and finished 14th in conference in 3-point percentage at 38.9% ... 5th on the Badgers averaging 7.3 points per game ... hit 3-of-5 3-pointers to finish with 11 points and 4 rebounds in NCAA tournament win over Vanderbilt ... made 3 3-pointers in Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse, had 9 points ... team-high 13 points on 3-6 3-pointers against Indiana... team-high 13 points on 3-4 3-pointers in win at Purdue ... tied UW school record with 7 3-pointers made and finished with career-high 25 points against UNLV, 2nd-most points by a UW player off the bench in Bo Ryan era ... hitting on 7-of-7 3-pointers against UNLV tied a Big Ten record for 3's made without a miss ... career-high 3 steals to go with 9 points at No. 5 North Carolina ... tied UW school record with 7 3-pointers and finished with 21 points against BYU, also had 4 rebounds ... first player in UW history to make at least 4 3-pointers in the first 2 games of the season (Brust went 4-for-8 from deep in each game) ... in first 2 games of season, became first non-starting Badger to post 14+ points in back-to-back games since 2008 ... hit 4 3-pointers in each of first 2 games, first player off the Badger bench to connect on 4+ 3-pointers in back-to-back games since 1999 ... hit 4 3-pointers against Colgate, finishing with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists ... in season opener against Kennesaw State, scored 14 points, knocking down 4 3-pointers

Played in 15 games, averaging 3.0 minutes ... connected on a 3-pointer vs. Michigan State ... hit first career 3-pointer vs. Manhattan ... played 6 minutes, recording 2 points and 1 rebounds vs. South Dakota ... season-high 7 minutes of action vs. North Dakota ... played 6 minutes in season-opener vs. Prairie View A&M, recording first career points (2)

High School
A second-team all-state pick by the AP and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... averaged 24.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.1 steals per game during senior season, topping the 40-point mark on four occasions ... also took home all-conference and all-area merits ... earned all-conference and all-area honors as a junior averaging 27.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals ... started as a sophomore, averaging 17 points and 5.0 rebounds, earning all-conference and all-area honors ... attended Hersey H.S. in Arlington Heights, Ill., as a freshman ... 2010 Academic All-American, played in the prestigious 2010 Academic All-American Classic

Born in Arlington Heights, Ill. ... parents are John and Barb ... has two older brothers, Jonathan and Stephen, and an older sister, Courtney ... Jonathan golfed at Augustana (Ill.) and Cedarville (Ohio) and Stephen played soccer at Bradley ... auto racing enthusiast, he has become friends with numerous NASCAR drivers and has attended several races including serving as a spotter for Brendan Gaughan at the Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America and an Indianapolis Motor Speedway social media correspondent at the Brickyard 400 ... major is life sciences communication

2010-11 | 2011-12 | 2012-13


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