Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 10/5/12
Fall is here, and school is back in session, which means the good times are almost here - the start of college basketball season! To get you ready for this upcoming season, The Hoops Manifesto presents to you its preseason top 25 team rankings, based on the input from our esteemed voting panel. Next up #16: Wisconsin Badgers. Big thanks to our voting panel: Jeff Fox (@HoopsManifesto) from The Hoops Manifesto, Perry Missner (@PerryMissner) from RotoWire, Ray Bala (@CanBallReport) who writes The Can Ball Report on Raptors HQ, Adam Francis (@RaptorsHQ) from Raptors HQ, Ian (@SoxAndDawgs) from SOX & Dawgs, and Alex Gallant (@SeaTownSports) from SeaTown Sports. #16 - Wisconsin Badgers 2011/12: 26-10, lost NCAA Tournament Sweet SixteenKey Returning Players:Josh Gasser - Point Guard/Shooting Guard - Junior7.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 93-275 3PtsRyan Evans - Small Forward - Senior11.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apgJared Berggren - Power Forward/Center - Senior10.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 bpgMike Bruesewitz - Small Forward/Power Forward - Senior5.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.8 apgBen Brust - Shooting Guard - Sophomore7.3 ppg, 2.2 apg, 58-149 3PtsTop Newcomers:Sam Dekker - Small Forward - #13 ranked recruit (Rivals.com)Top NBA Prospect:NoneOutlook:Yes, All-American Jordan Taylor is gone, but the cupboard is far from bare in Madison. Five key players from last season's Sweet Sixteen team - four of them upperclassman - return to Bo Ryan's squad, including Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honorees Ryan Evans and Jared Berggren. Added to the mix is 6'8" freshman small forward Sam Dekker, one of the top recruits in the nation. And don't underestimate Bo Ryan - any time Wisconsin looks primed to have a down year, the coach works his magic. Preseason Top 25#17 - Baylor Bears#18 - Creighton Bluejays#19 - Florida Gators#20 - Kansas State Wildcats#21 - San Diego State Aztecs#22 - Saint Louis Billikens#23 - Memphis Tigers#24 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish#25 - Texas Wildcats Play Fantasy College Basketball for free at FCBLZone
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