Bronson Koenig will not arrive at Wisconsin until the 2013-14 season, so coach Bo Ryan and his Badgers are in a transitional year: long-time point guard Jordan Taylor is no longer in Madison, so who handles the point for Wisconsin until Koenig steps on campus?
There are three options for Ryan and his staff. The unconventional option would be to use Ryan Evans at the 1. The 6-foot-6 Evans handled the second-most possessions for the Badgers last season (24.1 percent) and was sure-handed with the basketball, committing a turnover on just 14.7 percent of his possessions. Evans presents a size mismatch with opposing Big Ten guards, and though his assist rate is just average, Evans was never forced into a playmaking role with Taylor in the lineup. Ryan could decide to go with a smaller lineup that pares Evans with a handful of guards.
The most straight-forward option would be to move Ben Brust on the ball. The redshirt freshman provided an offensive spark during non-conference play, but is cautious with the basketball, posting a turnover rate of 12.2 percent. Brust mainly came off the bench last season, but although Brust is known for his offense, may have to direct the Badgers' offensive attack.
The third option is the most likely to occur: starting a backcourt of Josh Gasser and Brust.. The 6-foot-3 Gasser is by far the most efficient Badger, having an offensive rating of near 120 while also converting almost 50 percent of his three-point attempts. Gasser has mostly played off the ball in his time in Madison, but if Brust and Gasser are in the backcourt at the same time, it allows both the freedom to concentrate on their own offense as well as the squad's.
Hahahaha Ryan Evans is going to run the point. Wow, whoever wrote this should lose their job. There is zero question about who will play PG.