MADISON, Wis . – - Freshman center Evan Anderson announced Friday his intention to redshirt the 2010- 11 season for the Wisconsin men ’s basketball team. “I ’m going to take the opportunity to practice and learn more about the game ,” Anderson said following Friday’s practice. “ I know that fifth year is going to outweigh this year multiple times . “In the long run , this is the best decision.” A native of Stanley , Wis ., Anderson is one of four freshmen on the Badgers ’ roster. He will continue to practice with his teammates this season and will play as a redshirt freshman for the Badgers in 2011 -12 . “I ’ve gotten so much better already , I feel, ” Anderson said. “ I know I have a long, long way to go and I took that into account. “This is a great opportunity for me to help out my team and get better as a player.” The No . 24 -ranked Badgers open the season Sunday by playing host to Prairie View A &M in a 5 p . m. game at the Kohl Center . The game will be carried live on ESPN3 . com.