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Five Things to Know: Zach Bohannon

<b>Zach Bohannon comes from a family of good shooters, but hints that he has the slight edge on his older brother, former Badger Jason Bohannon.</b>

Zach Bohannon comes from a family of good shooters, but hints that he has the slight edge on his older brother, former Badger Jason Bohannon.

Jan. 9, 2013

Redshirt-junior Zach Bohannon began his career at Air Force, transferring to Wisconsin before the 2011-12 season. The Marion, Iowa, native is the son of a former University of Iowa quarterback and the brother of a 1,000-point scorer at UW.

Bohannon will earn his undergraduate degree in December of 2012 and is also currently pursuing a graduate degree in life sciences communication and is scheduled to complete that in the summer of 2013.

Here are five things to know about Bohannon:

Basketball was not his first love...
"I actually played baseball up until eighth grade, and I played football and basketball up until my sophomore year of high school. I actually love football. I thought football was going to be my Division Ischolarship, I thought I was going to be a Division I quarterback my entire life, and then had one knee surgery, just a minor knee scope on my right knee, and it just changed me. I said, `You know what? I'm going to be kind of tall so I might as well stick with basketball'. My older brother was committed to Wisconsin at this point, so that was what ultimately drew me away from football to the basketball court."

He may (or may not) be the best shooter in his family...
"My freshman year at Air Force, when I wasn't playing, I realized I'm not going to be able to play at this level if I don't expand my game. So that was one of the things I worked on. I shot on the gun 700-1000 shots a day for a couple months straight, and I got my shot where it is now. Now people are saying that it might be better than Jason's, so we'll see. We'll let the shooting percentages do the talking."

He is grateful to be at a school like Wisconsin...
When I was going through the recruiting process again, when I decided to transfer from Air Force, I told Jason (Bohannon) to give me both ends of the spectrum because I knew not everything was going to be great at Wisconsin. He told me about the positives and the negatives, and I kind of weighed both of them, and I was like, `you know what, this is one of those opportunities I can't pass up', and I took a leap of faith. I figured, if I never play, I'll still be happy here because I'll be able to start my masters and get into a graduate program. It was one of those things that happened, and some of the stuff on the court has just fallen into place to really help me out for the better."

He was heralded as a shooter based on his family background...
"The funny thing is, Jason was always one of the great shooters in our family, and I never shot outside. I had a couple surgeries that kind of threw my shot off after my sophomore year. I never shot outside in high school, but believe it or not, and Air Force recruited me as a shooter because they saw me take some shots in AAU. The coaches thought, `You can be a shooter. We see what your brother can do so we want you to shoot.'"

He has always been a scoring threat...
"I actually scored 40 points when we played our rivals -- there were only three players ever to hit 40 at Linn-Mar High School, and Jason was one of them. It was just one of those benchmarks that you never thought you could break, and it was one of those things that I did that will stay with me forever. It was mostly just lay-ups and free throws. I just posted up and got lots of easy buckets; I only hit one outside shot I think. But it all ended up playing out and got me my points."

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