Anderson Decides to Sit

After getting few minutes in the exhibition season due to the depth in the front court, freshman center Evan Anderson elects to focus on individual development and will play as redshirt freshman in 2011-12

MADISON -During his national recruiting process, Evan Anderson heeded to the advice of former Wisconsin center and McDonald's All-American Brian Butch.

It was advice that helped Anderson, who was leaning toward committing to Wisconsin, to go with his gut and realize that Wisconsin was the right place for him. He also got the important advice that helped him realize a year of growth isn't such a bad thing.

With four capable post players in front of him in the rotation, Anderson followed in the steps of Butch and announced Friday his intention to redshirt the 2010-11 season for the Wisconsin men's basketball team.

"I'm going to take the opportunity to practice and learn more about the game," Anderson said. "I know that fifth year is going to outweigh this year multiple times. In the long run, this is the best decision."

One of four freshmen on the Badgers' roster, Anderson only played four combined minutes during UW's two-game exhibition season. Anderson, who earned all-state honorable mention honors and a first-team all-conference bid as a senior after averaging 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, has already seen the benefits of playing healthy, as his junior season was riddled with injuries.

"I've gotten so much better already, I feel," Anderson said. "I know I have a long, long way to go and I took that into account. This is a great opportunity for me to help out my team and get better as a player."

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