Wisconsin Sports Awards: Former Badger Josh Gasser hints at retirement

MADISON, Wis. — Former Wisconsin guard Josh Gasser appears to be calling it a career, following a blue carpet appearance at the sixth annual Wisconsin Sports Awards last Thursday.

“Unfortunately, my body isn’t healing right, so I might be moving back to Madison here pretty soon and entering the real world,” Gasser told reporters prior to the awards ceremony.

Gasser went undrafted in 2015 before signing with Lowen Braunschweig, a professional basketball team in Germany. He’s dealt with knee injuries throughout his collegiate and professional career, along with a sports hernia in 2016. He averaged 6.6 points and 18 minutes per game while playing overseas.

“It was nice to play professionally overseas for a little bit,” Gasser continued. “Unfortunately, the injuries kind of added up for me, having a few surgeries over the years, but it was definitely still a good experience.”

Gasser was underrated as a recruit out of Port Washington, Wis. but famously received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin after another recruit got in trouble with the law. Gasser went on to play 148 games with the Badgers, averaging 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. But beyond the box score, Gasser’s contributions were more intangible, earning the nickname “Captain America” by his teammates.

Now that it appears his playing days are behind him, Gasser’s next venture will be skills camps around Wisconsin. He has three of them scheduled within the next month: May 21 at Westosha Central High School, June 10th at Cedarburg High School, and June 11th at Clinton High School. More information is available here.

Author’s note: We’d also like to thank Gasser for his contributions to the “Wisconsin Basketball Roundtable” with Jake Zimmermann and hope you’ll tune in next basketball season every Thursday night at 5.

Former Badgers discuss Big Ten Tournament, Bruesewitz says “I hate Tom Crean!”

Former Badgers Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz and Charlie Wills say they like what they saw out of the Badger men’s basketball team in the second half against Minnesota and hope it continues come tournament time. They agree seeing Bronson Koenig hit three-pointers is important. But defense is really the key to a deep tournament run.

“That’s what we hold our hat on is defense,” said Gasser. “When you lose a starter like Bronson (to foul trouble) in the first half but you hold a team like Minnesota to 29 points and stay in the game. That’s big.  Hopefully that can carry over into tournament time.”

Indiana beat Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament second round on Thursday night, so the Hoosiers will play the Badgers in Friday night’s quarterfinal in Washington D.C. Mike Bruesewitz says that’s fine with him. “I think we match up better with Indiana. Plus I hate Tom Crean!”

The former Badgers spoke with sports director Jake Zimmermann, Zach Heilprin and Joe Miller on this week’s Wisconsin Basketball Roundtable. Take a listen:

 

 

Former Badger greats look back at Wisconsin’s wins over OSU & MICH and ahead to MINN

MADISON | Former Badger men’s basketball players Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz and Charlie Wills give their thoughts on the Badgers wins over Ohio State and Michigan and look ahead to their showdown at Minnesota in this week’s Wisconsin Basketball Roundtable. They also discuss how the Badgers need to improve down the stretch of the regular season to reach their ultimate goals.

Click on the audio links to listen to this week’s Wisconsin Basketball Roundtable.

 

Former Badgers G Josh Gasser with Joe and Ebo

MADISON | Expectations for the 2016-’17 version of the Wisconsin basketball team are sky high, with many national publications projecting the Badgers will start the season in the top 10 of the major polls. In coach Greg Gard’s first full year leading the program, Wisconsin returns its entire rotation from last year’s Sweet 16 team that came within 19 seconds of going to their third-straight Elite 8.

Now, with a full summer of workouts complete, the Badgers will hold their first practice of the preseason on Friday.

Former Badgers guard Josh Gasser joined the Joe and Ebo Show on Wednesday to give his take on this year’s team, as well as a little football talk as Wisconsin gets ready to take on No. 4 Michigan this Saturday.