Men's basketball: UW fills roster

Janesville Craig graduate Devin Barry, a walk-on, becomes 15th and final player for 2005-06

In July, Devin Barry was resigned to the notion that his basketball career would conclude with his participation in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association's annual high school all-star game.

Rather than dusting off his sneakers purely for pick-up games, however, Barry will be donning the cardinal and white jerseys of the University of Wisconsin men's basketball program this season.

Thursday, the former Janesville Craig standout was officially added to the Badgers' roster as a walk-on.

"That was in his dreams for a long, long time," said Craig head coach Bob Suter, in a telephone interview Thursday.

Barry started for three years at Craig. He was a third-team Associated Press all-state selection his senior year, averaging 17.3 points per game.

Barry was initially told he could serve as a manager this season with the possibility of receiving a walk-on spot, according to Brian Lucas, UW's athletic communications contact for men's basketball. Barry's addition as a walk-on fills out the Badgers' 15-player roster.

"Basketball has meant a lot to Devin, all the way through," Suter said. "He's been a gym rat right from the get-go, and very, very dedicated. So, I think he has the makings of what it takes to be a good walk-on. And now it's just a matter of working hard, and working with the staff and doing what they want."

Barry is not the only Cougar alum at Wisconsin. Joe Robinson, a 1999 Craig graduate, was promoted to video coordinator two months ago, filling the vacancy created when Will Ryan, head coach Bo Ryan's son, was named director of basketball operations.

Robinson was a manager for five seasons while an undergraduate at UW-Madison, and was an administrative assistant last year. He earned a bachelor's degree from UW in 2004 and is currently studying at Edgewood College to receive a teaching certificate.

"I can't say enough about Joe Robinson," Suter said. "Here's one of the hardest working kids, and I've been in the game a long time, that you'll ever see."

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