Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/7/14
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter stopped by Bo Ryan's office recently to discuss the prospects of playing time. The freshman offered no demands, and his coach provided no guarantees. Instead, Showalter extended a simple message: If you need me, I'm here. It was Showalter's way of expressing a willingness to burn a redshirt season, even if his minutes would be limited and sporadic. Wisconsin's guard depth had been depleted after starting point guard Josh Gasser went down with a season ending ACL tear, creating a small opening for Showalter off the bench. Ryan saw enough of Showalter to know he possessed the talent to play immediately. And sure enough, Showalter raced off the bench to the scorer's table Sunday during the second half of Wisconsin's season-opening 87-47 victory against Southeastern Louisiana. In nine minutes, he scored five points with three rebounds and two assists, providing the same toughness he demonstrated in practice. "Defe...
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