|Josh Gasser was the pick for point guard for the Badgers, but an ACL injury ends that for this year. (US Presswire)|
Wisconsin's upcoming season now has a huge void and question mark at its most pivotal position.
Recently named starting point guard Josh Gasser, a junior, tore his anterior cruciate ligament Saturday at Badgers' practice. He'll redshirt this season and undergo surgery in the upcoming days, according to the school, which did not specify the ACL in question (left or right).
Gasser was a starting shooting guard for UW the past two seasons, but in a year of transition following the departure of Jordan Taylor, someone had to step in at point. Badgers coach Bo Ryan announced earlier this week at Big Ten media day that Gasser had won the job. The injury means redshirt freshman George Marshall and sophomore Trea Jackson will share duties at the 1 for Wisconsin.
This bad bout of news comes two and a half weeks after Wisconsin dodged a different kind of potentially huge injury. Senior forward Mike Bruesewitz suffered a serious and nearly devastating laceration on his right leg during a team workout. Bruesewitz's gash was still scary/bad enough that he's not expected to play in Wisconsin's season-opener against Southeastern Louisiana on Nov. 11.
Gasser averaged 34 minutes, 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds the past two seasons for UW.