The undisputed leader of the Badgers, Josh Gasser returns for his fifth and final year at Wisconsin. After a torn left ACL cost him the entire 2012-13 season, Gasser returned stronger than ever last season to cement his reputation as one of the toughest and well-rounded players in the country, earning the "All-Glue" Team label from Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis. Gasser started all 38 games on the Badgers' 2014 Final Four team and has now started 104 games in his three active seasons. A two-time Big Ten All-Defensive Team honoree (2012 and 2014), Gasser is also a career 40.8% 3-point shooter (10th in UW history) and ranks fifth in school annals with a 2.0 career assist-to-turnover ratio. He needs 190 points, 64 rebounds and 36 assists to join Michael Finley as the only two Badgers to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in their career. A combo guard, Gasser originally gave glimpses of that versatility when he posted Wisconsin's first-ever triple double in a 2011 win at Northwestern. As a freshman in 2011, the Port Washington, Wisconsin, native drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give Wisconsin a dramatic win at Michigan, then showed his physical toughness as a sophomore when he defended the SEC's leading scorer, Vanderbilt's John Jenkins, to 3-of-13 shooting while battling the flu. Perhaps ESPN's Doris Burke said it best when she said, "Josh Gasser affects winning. He draws the assignment of guarding the best guy and when you need a basket, a guy to deliver, he is one you turn to."
• 2014 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
• 2012 and 2014 Big Ten All-Defensive Team
A 2012 and 2014 Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection, Gasser recorded UW's first-ever triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists at Northwestern (1/23/11).
Record Book (as of 3/14/15)
• Ranks 4th all-time in UW history in career free throw percentage (.843)
• Ranks 3rd in school history with a career 2.17 assist-to-turnover ratio (min. 100 ast.)
• Owns 10th-best 3-point field goal percentage in UW history (.396)
• Shot .452 from 3-point range in 2011-12, the 10th-highest mark in school annals
• Recorded the 1st triple-double in UW history with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists at Northwestern (1/23/11)
• Became 1st Big Ten freshman to record an official triple-double and the first since Earvin "Magic" Johnson did it in 1977
• Scored 21 points in first-career game, ranking as the 2nd-best freshman debut in UW annals
• His 2.57 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2010-11 ranks as the 5th-best single-season mark in UW annals
• Became the 1st UW freshman to hit a game-winning buzzer beater (final second or as time expired) with his 3-pointer at the buzzer to win at Michigan (2/23/11)
Career (as of 3/14/15)
• Has appeared in all 137 games of his eligible career (133 starts)
• Owns UW record for career starts and minutes played; approaching games played (138)
• Owns 47 double-digit scoring games
• Became just the 3rd freshman to start a game under Bo Ryan, joining Devin Harris and Alando Tucker
• Has scored 1,015 career points
• Joined Michael Finley as the only two Badgers to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in their career
2014-15 (as of 3/4/15)
Has started all 29 games ... an all-around player, Gasser is averaging 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and has 43 assists on the season ... hit a 3-pointer just over a minute into overtime that gave UW a six-point lead and helped the Badgers pull out a win at Michigan, after he finished with nine points, three rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes (1/24) ... tallied 15 points (4-7 FG, 5-6 FT), while also recording four assists vs. Purdue (1/7) ... racked up 12 points on 4-for-8 3-point shooting, adding four rebounds and three assists at Marquette (12/6) ... scored 10 points (2-2 3FG) with three rebounds and two assists vs. UAB (11/7).
Started all 38 games, ranking second on the team in minutes played per game (33.4) ... honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (media) ... named to the All-Big Ten Defensive Team ... ranked fifth on the team in scoring (8.8) and fourth in rebounds per game (4.0) ... ranked second in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.868) ... his 118 made free throws were the second-most among all Badgers ... shot 43.1 percent (47-109) from 3-point range, ranking fourth in the Big Ten ... poured in 13 points, five rebounds and three assists against Oregon (March 22) in the third round of the NCAA tournament ... held Andre Hollins (14.5 ppg) to eight points on 2-of-14 (.142) shooting from the field against Minnesota (March 14) in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament ... scored 11 points, adding nine rebounds and five assists at Nebraska (March 9) ... had a 15-point outing at Penn State (March 2), shooting 3-for-6 (.500) from 3-point range ... scored 12 points and held Aaron White (13.2 ppg) to four points on 2-of-5 (.400) shooting at Iowa (Feb. 22) ... poured in 13 points, two rebounds and two assists at Michigan (Feb. 16), while containing Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas (16.9 ppg) to 11 points on 4-for-11 (.363) shooting from the field ... recorded an 11-point, six-rebound performance against Michigan State (Feb. 9), holding first-team All-Big Ten selection Gary Harris (18.1 ppg) to just six points on 3-for-20 (.150) shooting from the field and an 0-for-7 (.000) performance from beyond the arc ... tallied 16 points on 4-for-5 (.800) shooting from beyond the arc against Michigan (Jan. 18) ... scored 14 points against Iowa (Jan. 5), shooting 6-of-7 (.857) from the free throw stripe ... held All-Big Ten guard Drew Crawford (16.3 ppg) to just 10 points on 3-of-11 (.272) shooting at Northwestern (Jan. 2) ... scored 10 points and added four assists and three rebounds vs. Marquette (Dec. 7), while holding Jake Thomas without a single shot attempt in 25 minutes ... tallied 11 points and five rebounds vs. Virginia (Dec. 4), while holding 2013 first-team All-ACC guard Joe Harris to two points on 1-for-10 shooting from the field ... recorded 15 points and added six rebounds against Oral Roberts (Nov. 23) ... earned season highs in points (19) and rebounds (8) in the regular-season opener vs. St. John's (Nov. 8).
Redshirted the season after sustaining a torn left ACL during practice on October 27 and undergoing subsequent surgery on Nov. 6
Started all 36 games, reaching double figure points 13 times ... third in the Big Ten at 45.2% (42-of-93) from 3-point range (10th-best mark in UW single-season history) ... 10th in Big Ten in minutes played (34.1 avg.), third-most minutes in UW single-season history (1,227) ... in Big Ten games, finished 6th in FT percentage at 83% (39-of-47) and 6th in minutes played (37.1 avg.) ... battling the flu, held Vandy's John Jenkins to 13 points (3-13 FG) ... had 12 points in NCAA opener vs. Montana ... tied season highs with 16 points and 8 rebounds against Illinois ... team-high 14 points and 5 rebounds at Iowa ... scored 15 points on 3-of-5 3-pointers against Penn State ... tallied 12 points with 5 rebounds vs. Nebraska... scored 11 points with season-high 8 rebounds vs. Iowa ... recorded 11 points with 5 rebounds vs. Mississippi Valley State ... made 3-4 3-pointers and ended with 15 points to go with season-high 8 rebounds against Bradley ... hit on 4-4 3-pointers, finishing with a season-high 16 points against Wofford ... in the opener against Kennesaw State, scored 14 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists, making 4-4 on 3-pointers
Saw action in all 34 games, including 30 starts ... averaged 28.1 minutes per game, third-highest on the team ... his 2.50 assist-to-TO ratio ranked 2nd on the team and was good for 5th in UW history ... had a 3.31 assist-to-turnover ratio in Big Ten play, would have ranked 2nd in the conference but did not meet the 3.0 assists-per-game minimum ... finished with a total of 13 turnovers in 18 conference games, averaging one every 39.8 minutes ... shot 48.0% from 3-point range (12-of-25) over last 14 games after shooting 18.4% (7-of-38) in first 20 games ... ranked 4th on the team in scoring (5.9 ppg), 4th in rebounding (3.9 rpg) and 2nd with 75 assists ... ranked 2nd on team (min. 20 attempts), shooting .855 (47-of-55) at the free throw line ... scored 11 points (3-of-4 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) and added 7 rebounds and 2 steals in 36 minutes vs. Kansas State ... scored team-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting at Ohio State, going 2-for-3 from 3-point range ... hit game-winning 3-pointer as time expired to lift UW to a 53-52 win at Michigan ... scored 11 points (3-for-3 from 3-point range), with 7 rebounds and 2 assists in win over No. 1 Ohio State ... chipped in 11 points (2-of-2 from 3-point range), 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in win over Purdue ... scored 10 points and added career-high 12 rebounds and career-best 10 assists at Northwestern to record the first-ever triple-double in school history ... made first career start vs. North Dakota with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists ... scored 21 points (9-for-10 free throws) with a team-high 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal in his first collegiate game vs. Prairie View A&M
Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year and AP first-team all-state selection as a senior, averaging 23.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists ... Port Washington's all-time leading scorer, rebounder and holds the free-throw pct. record ... averaged double figures in both points and rebounds in each of his final three seasons, earning all-state honors from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in all three seasons ... averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists per game as a junior, earning conference MVP honors ... honor roll student
Full name is Joshua Patrick Gasser ... last name pronounced GAH-sir ... parents are Pat and Joan Gasser ... has three older sisters: Becky, Carrie and Lauren ... sister, Becky, is a UW alum ... majoring in business marketing
• 2010-11 | 2011-12