Replacing Jordan: Josh Gasser Will Be the Badgers’ Point Guard

Mar 17, 2012; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores forward JEffery Taylor (44) defends against Wisconsin Badgers guard Josh Gasser (21) during the first half in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men

Jordan Taylor led the Badgers on a couple nice NCAA tourney runs as their point guard. But now Taylor is gone and the Badgers will have a new trigger man. Josh Gasser, Ben Brust, and redshirt freshman George Marshall seemed the most likely candidates going in. Bo Ryan has now ended whatever suspense there was by announcing that Gasser will get the gig.

Gasser is the safe choice given his experience. Naturally no one expects him to be as successful as Taylor who set records for assist-to-turnover ratio. But Gasser should do a solid job. He’s well-schooled in Bo Ryan’s approach and will make smart decisions. But the guy to watch is Marshall. He’ll get minutes off the bench according to Ryan. Can he end up being the new Jordan Taylor? Or at least the new Kammron Taylor? Here’s what we do know: he has great connections.

Now that we know Gasser will play point guard, it’s time to answer the other burning question for the Badgers: Who will take the bail out shots with 2 seconds left on the shot clock? That was Taylor’s job before. Gasser could be good at that. I’d say Brust too but we know how streaky he is. I’m not sure Brust is the guy you want playing Captain Clutch.

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