Men's basketball at a glance

Roster breakdown for the University of Wisconsin's upcoming 2004-05 season

Point guard

Kammron Taylor – lightning quick sophomore with innate scoring ability. Can shoot outside or score in the lane. Has improved defensively but still has ways to go. Very strong off the dribble but is still learning to stay under control.

Tanner Bronson – Walk-on former manager is comfortable with the offense and can really shoot the ball. Will not create for himself much and is limited physically but is a quality roster addition.

Combo guards

Sharif Chambliss – High-caliber complete basketball player. Senior will start at either ‘1' or ‘2' once surgically repaired knee is at full strength. Fantastic shooter, quality ball handler and defender. Has exceptional leadership skills.

Michael Flowers – True freshman can also play the ‘1' or ‘2', though his future is likely at the point. Very athletic and a good defender. Has the tools but needs to develop.

Shooting guard

Clayton Hanson – Senior is an exceptional shooter. Understands Bo Ryan's system as well as anyone and is very sound fundamentally. Has improved measurably each year and is one of team's many leaders.

Wings (2/3)

Ray Nixon – Junior looks very comfortable on the perimeter after playing the ‘4' and ‘3' last year. Still can play in the post offensively and defensively but has become a more consistent shooter and has developed better quickness along the perimeter. If his ball handling is consistent there is an outside change he could start at the ‘2'.

DeAaron Williams – True freshman is fluid and exceptionally explosive. Could have a hard time finding minutes on deep team but has the tools to succeed right away. His shot needs work, though.

Forwards

Alando Tucker – Will be the most explosive player on the floor in every game Wisconsin plays this season. His shooting and ball handing have improved significantly, allowing him to move primarily to playing the ‘3'. He still is a devastating low post player as well, boasting exceptional strength and leaping ability. Has top-notch work ethic and leadership skills.

Zach Morley – Senior was team's sixth man a year ago and could fill that role again this season. Provides a spark offensively—good shooter, rebounder and passer with great awareness. Has improved and can hold his own defensively.

Power forwards

Mike Wilkinson – Quietly goes about his business as one of the best players in the country. Does everything very well and is a fantastic leader.

Jason Chappell – Sophomore has fought injuries the past two seasons. He is very quick and can make some sparkling plays but he is still battling inconsistency.

Centers

Brian Butch – Redshirt freshman is accustomed to his 40 additional pounds from a year ago. Near 7-footer gives UW a presence inside and he can step out and hit perimeter shots as well as run the floor.

Andreas Helmigk – Austrian turns 25 in a month. A physical presence in the paint that has 18-foot range. Good rebounder with adequate offensive and solid defensive skills from the block.

Greg Stiemsma – Very strong, athletic post player. Already an imposing shot blocker, could be an absolutely dominant defensive player in a couple years—if he learns to stay out of foul trouble. Has a startlingly pretty hook shot. Needs to develop but has a lot to build from.


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