Wisconsin Basketball 2015 Preview: Guards

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Dec 10, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan talks to guard Riley Dearring (35) in the second half during the game against the UW-Milwaukee Panthers at U.S. Cellular Arena. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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Riley Dearring: 6-5, 181-pound redshirt sophomore from Minnetonka, Minnesota

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After sitting a redshirt sophomore season in 2013-14, Dearring played 39 minutes over 15 games last year. Dearring wasn’t able to crack into the rotation last year, but considering the Badgers depth, it’s not surprising he could get more involved.

This year, Dearring will certainly be given a chance to prove himself this season. Dearring had 10 points in the season opening exhibition game against UW-River Falls, and will see plenty more playing time through the non-conference schedule.

Kahlil Iverson: 6-5, 205-pound freshman from Delaware, Ohio

Iverson is a freshman who looks like he will be given plenty of chances to play this season. He had 4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks against River Falls in an exhibition game earlier this season.

Listed as a guard/forward on the roster, the Badgers will likely use him in the two or three spot. He’s got a huge wingspan and is expected to be good on defense immediately. He’s an attacker on offense, and will need to work on his jump shot.

Think Alando Tucker before he found his stride.

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Jordan Hill: 6-3, 178-pound redshirt sophomore from Pasadena, California

Hill is slated to be the primary backup at point guard behind Koenig. He sat out last season, taking a redshirt after playing just 25 minutes over the course of the 2013-14 season as a true freshman.

Hill’s ball handling skills alone will give him playing time, as after Koenig, the Badgers don’t have much in terms of pure point guards.

Brevin Pritzl: 6-3, 185-pound freshman guard from De Pere, Wisconsin

Many thought Pritzl would redshirt this season after having surgery on his foot this summer. The jury’s still out whether he will indeed redshirt, but as of Wednesday night, no official word has been given.

Pritzl can be an offensive force for the Badgers if the long layoff doesn’t affect him too much to get up to speed with the rest of the freshman class.

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