Once having high hopes of being able to contribute as a true freshman, it was announced Friday that Pritzl re-injured his left foot during Tuesday’s practice at Syracuse and is out indefinitely.
Pritzl originally sustained a broken left foot August 1 and underwent surgery later that month. Per the Wisconsin sports medicine staff, Pritzl’s new injury will not require additional surgery at this time and he will be re-evaluated in the coming weeks.
Pritzl has played a total of four minutes in one game this season, a 92-65 win over Siena on Nov. 15. If he does not return this season, the De Pere native is eligible to apply for a medical redshirt to regain this season of competition.
The Badgers did this previously for Alando Tucker, who was limited to four games as a sophomore in 2003-’04 because of a foot injury. He was granted the waiver and played three more seasons, leaving as the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Pritzl was thought to be able to help fill a void at guard left by outgoing seniors Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson, as the 6-2 guard scored 1,720 points during his prep career at De Pere High School and finished as the second-leading scorer in Green Bay metro area history. Pritzl – a former four-star recruit by Scout.com - averaged 25.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a senior, earning all-state by both the Associated Press and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.
So far this season, the Wisconsin coaching staff hasn’t seen enough out of reserve guards Riley Dearring and Jordan Hill to warrant extended playing time to help relieve Bronson Koenig or Zak Showalter. Koenig is averaging a team-high 36.4 minutes per game while Showalter is third at 33.6.
The Badgers (5-3) return to action Saturday hosting Temple (3-3) at the Kohl Center. Tipoff is at 11:30 a.m., and the game will be televised by CBS.