May 16, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Considering it’s a two-semester sport with mid-week games and travel, Bo Ryan believes that as much as any other sport, collegiate basketball puts the greatest strain on student-athletes. Those rigors did nothing to slow down the Badgers’ Class of 2013, as all five individuals will exit the University of Wisconsin with their degrees.
Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Dan Fahey and J.D. Wise will all walk across the graduation stage this weekend at the Kohl Center while fellow senior Ryan Evans already earned his undergraduate degree last summer.
Berggren, who earned his degree in business – personal finance, is currently training in Chicago as he prepares to launch a professional basketball career. Mike Lucas recently caught up with Berggren as he chases his dream from the Portsmouth Invitational to private NBA workouts.
A life science communications major, Bruesewitz is also in Chicago trying to position himself for a roster spot with a team overseas. Bruesewitz signed with agent Mike Naditch, who also represents Greg Stiemesma of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Evans received his undergraduate degree in life science last August and spent his fifth year of eligibility at UW pursuing a master’s degree in education and leadership studies. Like Berggren and Bruesewitz, Evans is working out in Chicago and preparing to sign with a professional team either in the United States or abroad.
Fahey, who graduated with a degree in political science this weekend, will enroll in law school at Marquette University in the fall.
Wise also earned his degree in political science and has accepted a job in Scottsdale, Ariz. working as a sales representative with Yodle, an internet advertising company.
Zach Bohannon, who will be a fifth-year senior next year has also completed his undergraduate work and is nearing a master’s degree. Bohannon graduated in December with an economics degree and is expected to complete his master’s degree in life science communications this August.
Over the last six seasons, 18 of the 23 players on Wisconsin’s roster have earned their degrees. The remaining five are all currently playing basketball professionally with intentions of returning to UW to complete their coursework.