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Bucky Badger. Jim Oxley photograph

Starting Power Forward

Ethan Happ: 6-9, 235-pound redshirt freshman from Milan, Illinois

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Happ is the big mystery this season for the Badgers. By all accounts, he was tenacious in practice all year long last season during a redshirt year, and hopefully going up against guys like Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes on the practice court have hoed both his offensive and defensive skills.

We got a little taste of what Happ brings to the table during the exhibition game against UW-River Falls, when the redshirt freshman recorded a double-double, doing most of his offensive work in the paint.

If Happ can provide a strong inside force, it allows the Badgers offense to do so much more with a shoot-first point guard in Bronson Koenig and a versatile wing like Hayes.

Expectations are high for Happ, a player who has barely seen the court in his career.

He will be an important piece to the puzzle that is the Wisconsin frontcourt in 2015-16.

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