One of the most athletic players on the team, the Badgers will welcome back the services of sophomore Zak Showalter after his redshirt campaign a year ago. Showalter appeared in 22 games as a true freshman in 2012-13 and should battle for minutes in the UW backcourt. A former walk-on who has since earned a scholarship, he brings instant energy and a relentless work ethic off the bench. 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.
Showalter appeared in 22 games during his freshman campaign in 2012-13.
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