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Overheard at UW basketball media day


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Oct. 21, 2010

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MADISON, Wis. -- Looking ahead to Sunday’s Red-White Scrimmage, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team held its annual media day Thursday at the Kohl Center. Head coach Bo Ryan held a 20-minute press conference before the Badger players answered questions about the 2010-11 season.

“We’re all eyes and ears right now,” Ryan said of the early season practices. “We’re watching and observing to see who developed in the offseason and who’s maybe a surprise as a freshman or who is a surprise as a junior or senior.  We’re pleased with a lot of things.”

The USA Today/ESPN coaches Top 25 poll was announced Thursday with the Badgers ranked No. 24. When asked about it, Ryan saw the preseason ranking as a tribute to the program’s previous success as much as this year’s incarnation.

“Who lost more in the Big Ten than we did?,” Ryan asked. “Minutes, points, wins? You can say, ‘well (Robbie) Hummel’s hurt now, so Hummel and Kramer, maybe.’ I don’t know if anybody lost what we lost. So for them to rank us 24th, when they’ve never ranked our recruiting classes. So you know we don’t have any real good players coming. So how do they pick us 24th? That’s just a testament to the guys that have played before and what they’ve accomplished.”

Red/White Scrimmage
The Badgers will host their annual Red/White Scrimmage Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Kohl Center. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with the team's scrimmage at 1:00 p.m.  |  Complete Details

Admission: Free (parking is free in Lots 88 and 91)
Promotions: Free team posters handed out and autograph signing after the scrimmage

Here are a few other topics Ryan spoke about…

On Jon Leuer’s summer with Team USA and his prospects for 2010-11:
“Jon missed half the Big Ten season and we missed the championship by one game. So is Jon Leuer a good player? Of course he’s a good player, but the other guys around him picked him up and hopefully now he can play X number of games, no matter how many it is, 29, 32, 35. It’ll be nice to have him on the court for the full season like everybody else.

“He represented the Wisconsin part of it very well (with Team USA). It wasn’t just (the coaches) that I heard from, I heard from the NBA scouts and the other people who were out there. That’s always good for the program.”

On freshman guard Josh Gasser:
“He can see the floor. His knowledge of the game and his court sense are really good, so he’s ahead of a lot of freshmen. Josh can play. Josh is smart. His shot is there, for him to go into the Field House and knock down three of them with ease. Nothing seems to rattle him, that’s what I like about him.”

On guard depth with departed seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon:
“We’re trying to develop that depth right now in every drill in practice.

“I’ve used this quote before and you can ask him, after about the third practice with Devin Harris and we’re walking off the court. Deadpanned, he said, ‘Coach can I ask you something? So let me get this straight, you expect me to go hard on every possession in practice?’ ‘Yeah.’ That’s all I had to do was say it once. He said, ‘okay that’s all I needed to know.’ Some guys think you can take moments off. Maybe if I slip up once or twice it’s not such a bad thing. Oh it is a bad thing.”

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