After apprenticing under Jordan Taylor and playing both point guard and shooting guard, junior Josh Gasser figured to take over the role of lead guard in 2012-13. Instead, Gasser will redshirt during the 2012-13 season after suffering a torn left ACL on Oct. 27. After making 30 starts as a true freshman, Gasser started every game last season and established himself as one of the most well-rounded players in the Big Ten. A 2012 Big Ten All-Defensive Team honoree, Gasser also shot 45.2% from 3-point range (third-best in the conference) and ranks 5th in UW history with a 1.95 assist-to-turnover ratio. Gasser originally gave glimpses of that versatility when he posted Wisconsin's first-ever triple double in a 2011 win at Northwestern.
The Port Washington, Wis., native is beloved by Badgers fans and his teammates alike for his toughness, both mentally and physically. As a freshman in 2011, Gasser 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.
Record Book Ranks fifth in school history with a career 1.95 assist-to-turnover ratio (min. 100 assists) Recorded the first triple-double in UW history with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists at Northwestern (1/23/11) Became first Big Ten freshman to record an official triple-double and the first since Earvin "Magic" Johnson accomplished it in 1977 Scored 21 points in first-career game, ranking as the second-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 Equaled UW freshman record by appearing in 34 games and his 30 starts are the third-most among Badger freshmen 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)
Honor Named to 2012 Big Ten All-Defensive Team
Career Has appeared in all 70 games of his Badger career (66 starts) Owns 22 double-digits scoring games Started against North Dakota, becoming just the third UW freshman to start a game under Bo Ryan, joining Devin Harris in 2001-02 and Alando Tucker in 2002-03
2012-13 Season Will redshirt the 2012-13 season after sustaining a torn left ACL during practice on October 27 and undergoing subsequent surgery on Nov. 6
Gasser recorded UW's first-ever triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists at Northwestern (1/23/11).
2011-12 Season 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 pts. (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 on Dec. 31 ... recorded 11 points with 5 rebounds vs. Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 23 ... tallied 10 points with 5 rebounds vs. Savannah State on Dec. 15 ... 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 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
2010-11 Season Saw action in all 34 games, including 30 starts ... averaged 28.1 minutes per game, third-highest on the team ... 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 (13 TOs in 518 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 ... his 2.50 (75 assists, 30 turnovers) assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 2nd on the team and was good for 5th in UW history ... 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 UW's final 5 points ... tallied 11 points and added 5 assists against a single turnover in win over Penn State ... 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, scoring 7 points, grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing 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
High School 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 ... shot 50.3 percent from the field and 84.5 percent from the free-throw line ... averaged double figures in both points and rebounds in each of his last 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 ... posted averages of 21 points and 10 rebounds during sophomore year ... Port Washington's all-time leading scorer, rebounder and holds the free-throw percentage record ... honor roll student
Personal 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 ... Special Olympics volunteer and helped with an elementary school literacy outreach program ... majoring in business marketing