It would have been very easy for Josh Gasser to come back this season apprehensive and not as aggressive as he would like to be. Nobody would really blame him. In late October 2012, Gasser’s world was temporarily turned upside down when he tore his ACL in practice.
But Gasser made sure that this would not stop him whatsoever.
A big reason why Gasser was able to start this season off right was because of a summer trip to Canada the Wisconsin Badgers took back in August. Not only was it beneficial for the team as a whole, but it gave Gasser a chance to test out his knee and an early opportunity to see how it would react in real game situations.
After a career-high 19 point performance in the first game of the season against St. John’s, I’d say Josh Gasser bounced back very well from his surgery that occurred just over a year before the opening game. And it carried on through the next four-plus months as well.
Gasser let his defense do most of the talking throughout the course of the season. He shut down Michigan State’s Gary Harris, holding him to only six points on 3-of-20 shooting. Did I mention Harris was named to the All-Big Ten First Team? A week later Gasser stymied another player from the state of Michigan, this time it was Wolverines’ guard Nik Stauskas. Scoring just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting (and not one three-pointer mind you), Stauskas just could not get anything going. And before I forget, Nik Stauskas was the Big Ten Player of the Year.
Not bad for a guy that had his knee reconstructed almost a year and a half ago. And because of his stellar defense, Gasser was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.
The Badgers did not change their starting lineup in any of their 38 games, and Gasser was apart of that. He averaged 8.8 points per game, grabbed four boards a game and 33.4 minutes a game. In the 2014-15 season, I see no reason why Gasser can’t improve on those numbers. As for his defense? Well I wouldn’t worry about his defense. He’ll do just fine in that facet of the game.