The Wisconsin basketball season did not end how many wanted. After missing out on the NCAA tournament, the team made it to the NIT semifinals before collapsing in the second half. It did not take long for the Badgers to lose a player, Jordan Davis, to the transfer portal. Davis was replaced midseason by standout freshman Connor Essegian. He took to social media to react to the news that Davis would be leaving the team.
Just wanted to put this out here that it’s all love from this side. Brodie took me in as his own and let me sleep on his couch when I first got to campus. Go be great fam🤞🏽 https://t.co/kgOYqYrN26
— Connor Essegian (@CEssegian) March 30, 2023
Wisconsin Basketball: Connor Essegian Tweets Message To Davis
There is no bad blood here. Essegian expressed how much he appreciated Davis’ help when he first arrived on campus. Apparently, Essegian crashed on his couch for a while when he first got to campus. He wishes him the best and hopes that Davis can be great on a new team. He found a role as a sixth man on the Badgers but is looking for a team that he can start for. It is a loss for the program that is trying to find out what went wrong this season and improve for next year.
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Where Does The Program Go From Here?
The first reactions are to blame Greg Gard. However, Gard has led the Badgers to good seasons in the past. This season was rough for a variety of reasons. The team consistently found themselves in close games and just couldn’t finish the job. That is a positive thing for this team. They weren’t getting blown out and embarrassed. They just couldn’t find the scoring late in games to put teams away. The Badgers will need to find a more consistent offensive player that can be a go-to scoring option to end droughts.
Could that be Connor Essegian next year? Wisconsin basketball sure needs him to take a leap next season. The hope is that this year’s experience will set the Badgers up for success in the long run.
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Everyone wondering what went wrong. Why don’t Gard be a man and accept responsibility?