Better late than never

Senior Guard Rob Wilson is playing the best basketball in his four-years at the University of Wisconsin. The Badger faithful have been waiting Wilson's offensive output since he displayed his talented scoring ability as a freshman.

Rob Wilson

After what was supposed to be Wilson's breakout season last year during his junior year, the 6-foot-4 Senior has found his role on the Badgers and continues to provide much needed support on the offensive end of the floor.

"Last year was the year I thought he could really get some quality minutes in the game, but he was hurt," Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan said. "To me, his injury affected his explosiveness which I think is what he can bring to the table.

"So now, he has some confidence, because he does have that explosiveness back. He’s recognizing things a little better. We live in a world where we have to get things done.

"It’s not about how you look, it’s about getting things done. Numbers tell the story.”

Over the last four games, Wilson is averaging 8 points per game after averaging just over three minutes per game over the entire regular season.

Wilson has also seen his minutes increase as the senior has averaged 19 minutes over the past four games, compared to his average over 10.7 on the year.

“He’s been huge for us the last couple weeks," Sophomore Guard Josh Gasser said. "He’s come in and hit some big shots. He’s been playing great defense and bringing a lot of energy off the bench.

"I think it makes us so much better as a team when guys like him are stepping in and really contributing and bringing a lot to our team. I love seeing Rob playing well

Wilson has averaged 8 points per game over the last four contests.

"I’m sure he’ll keep it up – he’s playing with a lot of confidence right now. It’s good to see, so hopefully we can keep things rolling like that in the tournament play.”

As a slender freshman back in 2008, Wilson grabbed everyone's attention right from the get go with his aggressive and fearless offensive play.

Although his career never quite took off to the point many thought it would in Madison, Wilson is just happy he's finally playing a major role for the Badgers in an important part of their season.

“It was real satisfying," Wilson said about his recent play. "Better late than never. I need to keep going with the mindset that I can help this team off the bench and keep trying to be consistent with it.”

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