MADISON, Wis. The next standout high school basketball player that enters his college program expecting to ride the bench likely will be the first.
Of course, even the most talented prep players sometimes have to wait their turn because only so many minutes are available behind a team's veterans. Wisconsin freshman point guard George Marshall understood this concept as well as anyone.
It didn't take long for Marshall to recognize that almost every minute of game action this season from the Badgers' point guard position would belong to Jordan Taylor, who happened to be a preseason All-American. With that realization in mind, Marshall quickly made the difficult decision to use a redshirt season, essentially rendering him a practice player in 2011-12.
What Marshall made sure not to do was give up on the season despite his redshirt status.
"George understood as quickly as any other redshirt freshman that we've had of how important this year was for him," Badgers assistant coach Gre...