July 24, 2014

Ziegler holds lead at Wisconsin State Amateur

University of Wisconsin assistant men’s golf coach Robbie Ziegler fired a 4-under par 66 and holds the lead after the opening round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at Ozaukee Country Club on Monday.

Ziegler is one of just three players to break par.  16-year old Christopher Colla is two shots back after an opening round 68.  Colla is from Winnebago Lutheran High School and is the reigning WIAA Division 2 state champion.

Marquette University’s Brandon Cloete from South Africa, shot a 69.

Ziegler made six birdies and two bogeyed just twice in his opening round.    He had a standout collegiate career at Oregon where he played in the NCAA Division I Championship three times.

Badgers land commitment from Texas running back

Wisconsin has landed another recruit from the state of Texas after running back Davon Crookshank gave the Badgers an oral commitment for the 2015 class.

The 5’10, 185 pound Crookshank reportedly had offers from Colorado, Baylor, Houston and Kansas among others.

He is the 16th known commitment for Wisconsin’s 2015 class and the fourth from the state of Texas.  He’s also the first running back in the class.

Crookshank attends Fort Bend Marshall High School just outside of Houston.  Houston is where Wisconsin will open the 2014 season on Aug. 30th against L.S.U.


Kaminsky and Dukan honored for classroom work

Successful on the court and in the classroom this past season, Wisconsin Badger stars Frank Kaminsky and Duje Dukan were named to the 2013-14 NABC Honors Court, announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches today (Monday).

In order to be named to the Honors Court, student-athletes must meet a high standard of academic criteria, which includes a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher.

Kaminsky started all 38 games for the Badgers and averaged a team-best 13.9 pints and 6.3 rebounds per game last season.  The senior from Lisle, Illinois, was named NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player after leading UW to its first Final Four since 2000.

Dukan appeared in all 38 games last season, averaging 8.1 minutes as a reserve and 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds a game.  The redshirt senior from Deerfield, Illinois, averaged 4.0 points a game during the NCAA tournament, including an 8-point, 5-rebound performance against Kentucky in the Final Four.

The NABC will announce its Team Academic Excellence Awards on Wednesday.


Bucks announce 2014 Summer League roster

The Milwaukee Bucks announced their 2014 NBA Summer League roster on Thursday.  They’ll open Summer League action in Las Vegas a

Ben Brust

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week from today against Cleveland.

Current Bucks players, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nate Wolters and Chris Wright will lead this year’s squad that is headlined by the second-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Jabari Parker.

One of Milwaukee’s second-round picks in this year’s draft, Johnny O’Bryant (38th overall) will also be on the team, along with former Badgers Ben Brust and Jordan Taylor.

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Next Friday’s Summer League opening matchup against Cleveland will feature a matchup of the top two picks in the draft, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.

The Bucks will continue their opening round with games against Phoenix on Sunday, July 13th and Utah on Monday, July 14th.  Following the opening three games, the participating teams will be seeded for the single-elimination tournament that will culminate in a championship game on July 21.  A consolation round will be held for teams failing to advance, ensuring that each team is guaranteed to play as least five games.

The Bucks will hold three days of practice, July 8, 9 and 10 before taking off for Las Vegas.

More Badgers go in NHL Draft

The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team had two incoming players selected in the recent NHL draft, for a 17th straight season.

Two newcomers, defenseman Jack Dougherty of Cottage Grove, Minnesota was selected in the second round of the NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators.

Dougherty will arrive in Madison after skating with the U.S. Under-18 team last season.  He won gold with the under-18 team at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-18 Championship.

Forward Matt Ustaski (Glenview, Illinois) was picked in the 7th round by the Winnipeg Jets.  The 6’6, 225 pound Ustaski, skated for the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL last season, posting 29 goals and 49 points in 54 games.