The Wisconsin Badgers have started off the season playing very well. Even in their losses, the Badgers have kept it close and played respectable basketball. It has been a true team effort as well which is great to see. There is one player that head coach Greg Gard thinks can be even better. Greg Gard sees huge potential in Steven Crowl.
Gard with praise for Steven Crowl: "I think he has so much more. I see the potential in him. I don’t know if he sees it in himself. I think he can be a terrific player in this league."#Badgers
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Greg Gard Sees Huge Potential In Steven Crowl
Crowl has had a solid start to the season. The 7-foot junior out of Eagen, Minnesota has been a key part of Wisconsin’s defense this season. He is averaging a full block per game and also is cleaning up the glass well averaging 6.6 rebounds per game. Gard thinks he can be even better.”I think he has so much more. I see the potential in him.” This is some high praise for Crowl. Wisconsin has been full of difference-makers this season but Gard chose to single out Crowl. This shows what Gard thinks of him as a player.
Can Crowl Take The Leap?
There are some very clear areas where Crowl can improve. He is averaging a shade under 10 points per game (9.8). Being 7-foot, Crowl should have an easier time scoring in the paint. His free throw percentage could also use work. This season he shooting 63% from the free throw line. If he can up this percentage by 10 percentage points, he should see his scoring go up. Another area would be his three-point shooting. If he could develop a three-point shot, he could become a dangerous scorer for the Badgers.
It is always great to hear a head coach talk about players this way. Greg Gard wants to see Steven Crowl reach his full potential. If he can, Wisconsin could be a dangerous team come March.