Wisconsin basketball enrolled three freshmen in its 2023 recruiting class. Two of those players will make their debut tonight in an exhibition match against Division 3 opponent UW-Stevens Point. The third freshman, however, will not be with the team.
Wisconsin Basketball Announces “Temporary Leave of Absence” for Freshman
According to Badgers head coach Greg Gard via a release from UW, “Gus Yalden will take a temporary leave of absence to address a personal family matter.” Wisconsin added that “Yalden will remain in school and continue to receive student-athlete services and support from the team and staff, but will not participate in team related activities at this time.”
“We are in full support of Gus and will always be here for him and his family,” Gard added in the written statement. “Gus is part of the Wisconsin basketball family and even though he won’t be on the court with us right now, we’ll always do everything we can to help him. We look forward to his return.”
Gus Yalden Temporarily Steps Away from Wisconsin Basketball Team: The Impact
Yalden was a four-star recruit. Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, the forward spent this offseason improving his physique to prepare for his debut in Madison. The six-foot-nine-inch freshman, known as the “Gus Bus,” played prep basketball at powerhouse programs IMG Academy, Asheville School, and La Lumiere.
Fortunately, Gard’s roster is loaded with experience. The older players in the program will certainly be able to provide guidance and support to their teammates during a difficult time.