With his relentless energy and athleticism, junior Zak Showalter carved out a vital role for himself on UW’s 2015 Final Four team and should see expanded responsibilities this season. The combo guard appeared in 35 games a year ago averaging 7.6 minutes per game off the bench. Showalter led UW by shooting 88.9 percent (24-27) from the free throw line and scored a career-high nine points in a win over Indiana, but left a lasting mark during the Badgers’ 2015 NCAA tournament run with clutch performances against Oregon and North Carolina. A former walk-on who has since earned a scholarship, Showalter won the Wisconsin state championship as a prep at Germantown, playing for his father, Steve, who also played for Bo Ryan while at UW-Platteville.
• Has appeared in 57 games
• Career-high 9 points vs. Indiana (2/3/15) and career-best 5 rebounds vs. Oregon (3/22/15)
Played in 35 games ... seeing an average of 7.6 minutes per game off the bench, while averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game ... served as a catalyst in the NCAA tournament, tallying 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 15 minutes vs. Oregon (3/22) before posting 6 points in 8 minutes vs. UNC (3/26) ... scored a career-high 9 points (3-4 FG), while adding 2 assists and 2 steals in 14 minutes vs. Indiana (2/3) ... played a season-high 18 minutes vs. Iowa, adding 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in UW’s win (1/20) ... contributed 10 key minutes at Michigan when UW ran into foul trouble, finishing with 3 rebounds and 1 assist (1/24) ... tied a season-high seven points and also had two steals vs. UAB (11/26) ... scored a season-high seven points on 3-for-5 shooting vs. Chattanooga (11/16)
Showalter appeared in 57 in his first two seasons with the Badgers.
Played in 22 games ... season averages of 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds per game ... posted career highs in minutes (23), points (8), rebounds (4) and assists (3) vs. Green Bay ... scored seven points and added three rebounds against Nebraska-Omaha ... scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in Badgers debut against Southeastern Louisiana
Earned Wisconsin Basketball Coaches' Association and AP first-team all-state honors during his senior season after averaging 22 points, 5.5 assists and four rebounds ... led Germantown (Wis.) to a perfect 28-0 record and WIAA Division I state championship ... Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Player of the Year, North Shore Conference Player of the Year and a WBCA All-Star game participant ... finished high school career as Germantown's all-time leading scorer ... unanimous first-team all-state selection by both the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and the AP as a junior after averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game and leading Germantown to a 24-2 record
Born in Germantown, Wis. ... parents are Steve and Jill ... father Steve, served as his high school coach at Germantown and also played for Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville from 1985-89, leading the team in scoring during his junior and senior years and finishing with 1,399 career points ... has one brother, Jake ... major is undecided