Wisconsin basketball announced somber news on Wednesday. Standout freshman Gus Yalden will be taking a temporary leave of absence to address a personal matter.
The announcement, made the same day Wisconsin will play an exhibition match against UW-Stevens Point, led Badgers fans to wish the young forward well.
Wisconsin Badgers Fans Send Best Wishes to Freshman Gus Yalden
Basketball can be put to side for something serious like this. Hopefully everything is ok for him and his family. Wisconsin fan base has his back no matter what! https://t.co/GtJuPgx9i0
— Elliott B (@SconnieFanBoy93) November 1, 2023
Basketball can be put to side for something serious like this. Hopefully everything is ok for him [Yalden] and his family. Wisconsin fan base has his back no matter what! – @SconnieFanBoy93
— Big Cheese Sports (@BigCheese_IESR) November 1, 2023
Hoping for a quick return! https://t.co/3g44vqbTwB
— Casey Schultz (@csjumpman3) November 1, 2023
Hoping for a quick return! – @csjumpman3
Wishing nothing but positives out of this. Really hope it's nothing other than a momentary struggle to a successful career in Madison. https://t.co/IwrTkI6oST
— Riley (@BadgersRiley) November 1, 2023
Wishing nothing but positives out of this. Really hope it’s nothing other than a momentary struggle to a successful career in Madison. – @BadgersRiley
Nothing but positive thoughts, Gus. Take care of your business and family and let Badger nation know if there's anything we can do for you.
— Counsell is a Snake (@bgillett43) November 1, 2023
Nothing but positive thoughts, Gus. Take care of your business and family and let Badger nation know if there’s anything we can do for you. – @bgillett43
We love you gus hope all is well!
— Kate (@kate31118409) November 1, 2023
We love you gus [sic] hope all is well! – @kate31118409
Hope everything is good with him and his family. Basketball can wait
— Mike Stauner (@stauner42) November 1, 2023
Hope everything is good with him and his family. Basketball can wait – @stauner42
We've got you, Gus
Take the time you need https://t.co/3EgzIm92uf
— Scary Alvarez (@barryisthedon) November 1, 2023
We’ve got you, Gus
Take the time you need – @barryisthedon
Who is Wisconsin Basketball Forward Gus Yalden?
Yalden was the centerpiece of Wisconsin basketball head coach Greg Gard’s 2023 recruiting class that also included Nolan Winter, and John Blackwell Jr. A four-star recruit at all three major recruiting services, the Appleton, Wisconsin native became an early fan favorite with his “Gus Bus” moniker.
Prior to his time in Madison, the six-foot-nine-inch big man played prep basketball with several powerhouse programs. He attended IMG Academy in Florida, the Asheville school in North Carolina, and La Lumiere in Indiana during high school. During summers, he appeared on the Nike EYBL elite recruiting circuit.
Wisconsin basketball is seeking to return to the NCAA Tournament after narrowly missing the 68-team field in 2023. Despite missing out on the Big Dance, the Badgers accepted a bid and advanced to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) before falling 56-54 to eventual champions North Texas.
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Gus Yalden, a Wisconsin freshman forward, is taking a temporary leave of absence from the team due to a family matter, as confirmed by coach Greg Gard. Yalden's decision to prioritize his family displays his commitment to personal matters off the court.
Gus Yalden is ranked as the nation's No. 128 recruit. This makes him highly regarded in his class. The fact that Yalden's ranking is included in the content shows his importance and value as a player.
Gus Yalden goes to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is ranked the 17th best center in the nation. Although he will be leaving the team for an unspecified period, he will remain enrolled and receive student-athlete resources.