Will the farewell tour for the Badgers’ seniors lead to Indianapolis?
When the clock runs out on the basketball court this season, the four seniors leading the UW men’s team will have played a role in some of its biggest games and solidified a winning tradition far beyond the wildest dreams of most Badger fans. Is one more Final Four in store for this quartet?
Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
Fun fact: Born in Split, Croatia; his father played professional basketball in Europe and worked as an international scout for the Chicago Bulls, where he discovered Toni Kukoc.
Best UW memory: “Other than the Final Four, I’d say just being around friends on a daily basis and being part of a family.”
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
Fun fact: His father, Jim, played college basketball at Ohio State, was the fourth overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft, and played in the league for fourteen seasons.
Best UW memory: “Coming home from the Final Four and seeing the city of Madison welcoming us back. On the bus ride to the Kohl Center, seeing the whole town electric — that was pretty cool.”
Hometown: Port Washington, Wisconsin
Fun fact: Returned to the floor last year after a torn left ACL cost him the entire 2012–13 season, cementing his reputation as one of the toughest and most well-rounded players in the country and earning the “All-Glue” Team label from Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis.
Jackson on Gasser: “Josh is pretty plain and boring.”
Hometown: Lisle, Illinois
Fun fact: Grabbed attention for something other than his basketball skills in a viral video featuring the Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off.” Dukan sums it up: “Frank is an interesting dancer.”
Gasser on Kaminsky: “Frank is the biggest kid ever, and he gets really mad when he loses in video games.”
Published in the Spring 2015 issue