Wisconsin HC Greg Gard previews Badgers' 2024-25 basketball season

The Wisconsin basketball program posted a lengthy conversation with head coach Greg Gard on X earlier this month. The video offers an exclusive look at the Badgers' upcoming 2024-25 season, paired with Gard's thoughts on expectations and anticipation for the group.

“When you look at the new squad now, I'm excited…” Gard said. “We're bringing in three experienced players and a fourth who's playing at a really, really high level… On paper, they look really talented individually. We're big. We've got a lot of potential. The pieces are there to make a really, really good team.”

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The Wisconsin head coach went on to explain the reality of college basketball today. The starting lineup will no longer consist of players who have been playing for four years and noticeably improving each season. Now, rosters are more likely to be rebuilt from year to year.

The Badgers' 2024 offseason embodies that dynamic perfectly. The program lost stars Chucky Hepburn (Portal, Louisville) and AJ Storr (Portal, Kansas), as well as fifth-year senior Tyler Wahl (graduation) and reserve players Connor Essegian (Portal, Nebraska) and Gus Yalden (Portal, Seton Hall). Gard's answer: commitments from veteran transfers John Tonje, Camren Hunter and Xavier Amos. That trio, paired with an incoming freshman class led by senior point guard Daniel Freitag and several returning contributors, including Max Klesmit, Steven Crowl and John Blackwell, has high expectations for the upcoming season.

Gard's preview focused on the new additions and what he and his team need to do now to be competitive in the modern college basketball landscape.

The excitement is building as there are still almost four months until the start of the season.

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