Wisconsin Badgers guard Chucky Hepburn is having himself a fine sophomore season. The Omaha, Nebraska native is averaging 12.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. These are seriously improved numbers after his freshman season that saw him average 7.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. In both seasons Hepburn has averages of around 31 minutes per game. In other words, Hepburn is more productive this season than he was last season while playing the same amount of minutes per game. Hepburn appeared on the “Nine 2 Noon with John Kuhn” show on 97.3 The Game to discuss his leap this year.
97.3 The Game’s Interview with Badgers Basketball Star Chucky Hepburn
You yourself have been playing better as of late. Tell us about your freshman year, coming on the scene, and then this year trying to take it to the next level.
“When you have guys like Brad Davidson and Johnny Davis to kind of show you the ropes, it kind of makes life easier on you the next year when you have to take the leadership role. The past couple of games, I kind of felt myself a little bit more than in previous games.”
Chucky, one of the reasons you’ve been playing better is because you’re letting the game come to you. Is that a fair statement, because it’s a new role. You know, you’re the lead dog. At the beginning of the season, it looked like you were pressing a little bit.
“Absolutely. You know, I feel like I was putting a little too much pressure on myself at the beginning of the season. And I talked to Coach Gard, and I told him I was putting too much pressure on myself. Coach Gard told me to just go out there and play. That’s when I found out how easy it was to just play, just let the game come to me.”
*The full interview, as well as the full show, can be heard in the link provided above or by visiting this website.