Getting to Know the Billikens

In preparation for No.10 Wisconsin's matchup tonight against Saint Louis in the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Badger Nation gets a breakdown of the Billikens from BillikenReport publisher Ben Weixlmann.


Mike McCall Jr. (6-0, Guard) – The primary ballhandler. Mike isn't flustered by pressure and has a nice assist-to-turnover ratio. He's perhaps best known for his smooth outside jumpshot, but I actually think he's at his best when he's using a crossover dribble and getting into the lane for opportunities at the rim. His one major weakness that I've identified thus far this season is that he's struggled with staying in front of quick guards, given the new hand-checking rules.

Jordair Jett (6-1, Guard) – This kid is a dynamite defender. He's about 220 pounds of pure muscle. He's explosive on offense and defense, and goes to the rack with wreckless abandon at times. His biggest weakness is shooting. He doesn't have an outside jumpshot to speak of.

Dwayne Evans (6-5, Forward) – Evans is far and away the heart and soul of this team. He's the leader as a veteran, but also with how he plays. He's undersized, but it doesn't affect him. He's scored in double-figures in 23 straight games. At this point, his one weakness is shooting outside as well, but you have to be careful with him. If you don't close out, he will drive past you for one of his patented bank shot lay-ins.

Grandy Glaze (6-6, Forward) – Grandy is a junkyard dog. His offense skillset is limited to approximately five feet away from the basket, but he always seems to know where the shot is coming off the rim and gets garbage buckets that way. His intensity and energy usually spark SLU at key times. We've seen on a couple of occasions this season, however, that he tries too hard to make things happen. I'm curious to see how he does against the Badgers.

Rob Loe (6-11, Forward) – This New Zealander isn't your typical big man. He plays a lot more frequently out on the perimeter and gets a majority of his shot attempts from behind the arc off pick-and-pops. You will notice that Loe will screen the ball (mainly McCall Jr.) often in order to get these types of looks.


Austin McBroom (5-11, Guard) – Super speedy. A bit out of control at times. That said, he has the ability to knock down an open jumpshot and has proved his worth on the defensive end as a substitute at the guard position.

Jake Barnett (6-5, Guard) – Give him some daylight and he's going to knock down a triple more often than not. He won't kill you taking it to the hoop and his rebounding is merely average for his height, but he's a serviceable threat from deep off the bench and has showed it the past few games.

John Manning (6-11, Center) – I'm not too sure what to expect out of Manning against Wisconsin. He has been rehabbing a bum ankle and isn't quite back to 100 percent. He made some really nice defensive plays against Bowling Green because he's so long, but his offense is still a big work in progress.

Reggie Agbeko (6-7, Forward) – This freshman will just come in and attack the glass. His offensive game is fairly raw, but he has a knack for getting on the boards. He will probably only see limited minutes, but expect him to be on the glass during that time.

Tanner Lancona (6-8, Forward) – He's an inside/outside presence for SLU. He's still learning his way with this team and what his role is, but will like Agbeko – produce in the minutes that he is given. I think you could see him spell Evans or Glaze if they get in foul trouble early.

Mike Crawford (6-4, Guard) – I'm not sure how much you'll see of Mike, but he's got a nice game. He's a ways away from being truly productive and he's behind a number of players on the depth chart, but he has showed flashes this season. He can slash to the bucket or hit the outside jump shot if given the look.

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