I’ll be the first to admit that I was pretty harsh on Wisconsin Badgers point guard Traevon Jackson this past season.
Between the excessive dribbling, bad decisions and poor shots, I found myself criticizing Jackson for a good chunk of the season. But as last season wore on, I found myself criticizing him less and less.
And come next season, Jackson will be looked upon to lead and be the glue that holds this team together.
I’m not worried about Jackson’s scoring ability–he’ll get his opportunities. I’m hoping Jackson can limit his number of turnovers however. Sure he only averaged 2.2 turnovers per game. But there were times where Traevon made some bad decisions that had you scratching your head.
I know Jackson forced the issue during some games instead of letting the game come to him. Sometimes it would work to his and the team’s benefit. Other times it would be detrimental and cause at least a four point swing.
But this upcoming season should be different. Traevon Jackson will be looked upon to lead this team and all the expectations that will come after reaching the Final Four this past season. And with that will come even more trust from head coach Bo Ryan, who called Jackson’s number on more than one occasion to take the last shot to either tie or win the game.
When Jackson took the final shot against the Kentucky Wildcats that barely–and I mean just barely–rimmed out, I supported that decision 100%. In fact I would have no problem and Bo called his number next season especially if he has a favorable matchup.
With plenty of talent returning for the 2014-15 season, Jackson will be viewed as a go-to guy for a number of different reasons. It will be Traevon’s job to rise up and answer the call all season long for the Badgers.