MADISON, Wis. Last season, it was easy to spot Ben Brust on the basketball court in games. Chances were, the Wisconsin guard could be found hovering around the 3-point line, waiting for an opportunity to chuck a deep ball at any moment.
That isn't to say Brust, whose range rivals the best in the nation, doesn't still get a thrill out of burying a 28-foot 3-pointer. But now, he's just as apt to drive to the bucket or dish the ball to an open teammate.
Brust has expanded his game, partly out of necessity and partly out of the natural maturation of becoming an upperclassman. When point guard Josh Gasser tore his ACL less than two weeks before the season began, Brust suddenly became the elder statesman with the most playing experience among backcourt players.
He hasn't disappointed in his newfound role.
"I think it forced me to step up and do some more things," Brust said. "Just be solid defensively, try and help out on rebounding and take advantage of the opportunities offensively...