Let me ask a hypothetical question if you don’t mind. What if Todd Lickliter never would have gotten fired after the 2009-10 season as Iowa Hawkeyes head coach and Ben Brust would have honored his National Letter of Intent to the University of Iowa? What career would Brust have had? Where would this Wisconsin Badgers team be if he had?
Well fortunately for us (and highly unfortunate for Lickliter) Brust was able to get out of that letter of intent and was able to the sign with the Badgers prior to the 2010-11 season. The next four years saw Brust improve in almost every statistical category during his time in Madison.
As a freshman, Brust only saw action in 15 games. Three short years after his first in Madison, Brust has made an impact and then some.
Remember his buzzer-beater against the Michigan Wolverines to send the game into overtime? Oh you do? Well, might as well relive that moment that had Ben Brust on highlight reels of sport shows everywhere.
Lost in that was how in overtime Brust hit a crucial three-pointer with under a minute left to put the Badgers up for good and give them the victory over then third-ranked Michigan.
That junior season also saw Brust lead the Badgers in scoring with 11.1 points per game and saw his rebound average jump up to 5.1 per game. Not bad for a guy who averaged only 7.3 ppg and 2.2 rpg the prior season.
Brust’s senior season is where he really shined, averaging 12.8 points per game and starting in every single game. Brust also became the 38th Badger to score at least 1,000 career points (he finished with 1,148–28th all-time at Wisconsin), joining a distinguished group that has come through Madison. His career-high in points came against the Minnesota Golden Gophers when he scored 29 in the Big Ten Tournament. Brust also averaged 12.6 points per game to help lead the Badgers to the Final Four.
As for school records, where do I begin?!
*Most 3-pointers made in a career–235
*2013-14 Season records
Most three-pointers made–96
Most three-pointers attempted–244
Tie for games played and games started–38 each
It will be hard-pressed to not include Brust in the discussion as one of the greats to come through the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program. I’m not sure what the future holds for him. But one this is certain, Ben Brust provided some great memories during his time at Wisconsin.