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UW Hoops Heading To Canada

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Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust
Wisconsin sophomore forward Sam Dekker Wisconsin sophomore forward Sam Dekker
Wisconsin junior guard Josh Gasser Wisconsin junior guard Josh Gasser

Madison (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team will take a trip to Canada next month to play five exhibition games.

That means ten extra practices for the Badgers, who'll have six freshman on the roster for the upcoming season.

"Any time you can get the young guys, get their feet wet, it helps," says Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust, "so, I think haven't a lot of court time right now this summer, just messing around with certain things, it's good for them because it will pay dividends in the long run."

"I just think we wanted to get on the court real bad after how last year ended. We didn't like that feeling. The quicker we get on the court, the better. So, we can forget about that and put that behind us. We're working right now so we don't feel that way next year."

Josh Gasser missed last season with a torn ACL, and says he's not sure if he'll be ready to play in Canada but he is getting close.  After months of rehab, Gasser running and shooting but hasn't played any five-on-five or participated in contact drills.  Physically, he's close..,and mentally, he's getting there.

"Physically, I'm not able to play 5-on-5 quite yet, but I'm getting to that point," says Gasser, a junior guard, "mentally, it's the same thing. I haven't played basketball in eight months. You can't just go out there and start playing right away. You've got to ease into it. I hope I'm still the same player I was or better. But I think mentally it's helped me out a lot to watch from the sideline. Gives me a different perspective of the game."

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