MADISON, Wis. Overlooked might not be the best way to describe a basketball player who lands a full-ride scholarship to a Big Ten school. But at the very least, Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson found himself lost in the shuffle during his first year in the program.
As a freshman, there wasn't much of a place for Jackson on the court with senior Jordan Taylor running the show at point guard. Taylor played 36.0 minutes per game, and when he wasn't in, guard Josh Gasser often slid over to the point. Even with Taylor gone to graduation this season, redshirt freshman George Marshall was being hailed as Wisconsin's point guard of the future.
Jackson figured he had better do something about it.
So, the 6-foot-2, 213-pound Westerville, Ohio, native met with Badgers assistant coach Greg Gard in the spring. Together, they ran down the list of skills Jackson needed to hone if he wanted to get on the court. Then, Jackson spent the summer working tirelessly to achieve his goals.