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Happ, seniors, bid farewell to Wisconsin

March 07, 2019 - 5:44 pm
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By Daniel Plocher:

The 2019 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team honored their seniors at the Kohl Center, Thursday. Ethan Happ, Khalil Iverson and Charles Thomas IV were recognized on Senior Night as the Badgers whooped Iowa 65-45.

A look back at the cardinal and white careers of the 2019 class:

Ethan Happ

One of the top scorers in Wisconsin Badgers history (2057 points, third all-time as of March 6), Happ has been one of the most significant players in Badgers history and has made his mark on in his five seasons in Madison. In his first season, he redshirted when the Badgers finished as runners-up to Duke in the National Championship Game.

In his redshirt freshman year, Happ won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award – the second Wisconsin player in history to win the award (Sam Okey, 1996). He had 10 double-doubles in 35 games that season earning him third-team, All-Big Ten Honors.

In his redshirt sophomore season, Happ added more hardware: first-team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive player of the Year, Third Team All-American and a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award and the Wooden Award. He was the nation’s only player that season to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in conference play, making him one of the best players in the country.

He repeated that amazing feat in his redshirt junior season at Wisconsin, once again leading the team in every major statistical category – not just in conference play, but through the entire season. In his junior season, he became one of just five, Big Ten players in the past 20 seasons to have 1,500 points, 800 rebounds and 250 assists.

Now a senior, Happ has surpassed both 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in his collegiate career – the fourth player in Big Ten history to achieve this mark. Up to this point in the season, the redshirt senior is averaging 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 8 assists per contest. He also helped carry the Badgers to one of their biggest wins of the season over Michigan.

Khalil Iverson

Iverson has been a consistent contributor off the bench for the Badgers throughout his career. He has played in 131 games in his four seasons, and has been a regular starter since the beginning of his junior season.

He had an impressive junior season, averaging 8.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. In his senior year he hasn’t seen quite the same success. Iverson has just 5.7 points, 4 rebounds, and less than one assist per in his final season.

Iverson does have the capability to be an explosive player, but he has constantly been out-shined by Happ. Earlier this season, Iverson had the best performance of his career when he dropped 16 points and was only one rebound away from his first career double-double against Illinois.

Charles Thomas IV

Thomas has performed in 105 games in his career, but has never earned a starting position. Over this four-year span, Thomas have averaged 6.9 minutes per game getting about two points and one-and-a-half boards per game. He played 16 minutes against Houston Baptist earlier in the season and scored 10 points and brought down 6 rebounds – his most influential performance of the year.

The group has won 84 games in four seasons in Madison. They’ve reached the Sweet Sixteen twice in that span – Ethan Happ was a true freshman when the team lost the National Championship Game to Duke in 2015.

Now, the Badgers sit in fourth place in the Big Ten Conference, and hope to make yet another run in the NCAA Tournament later this month.

(All stats as of March 6, 2019)​

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