When it comes to who is Wisconsin’s best 3-point shooter, don’t get it twisted.
In a Q&A with Big Ten Network senior writer Tom Dienhart, Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes pointed to a name that might surprise some Badgers fans. According to Hayes, redshirt freshman guard Brevin Pritzl needs to let fly more often.
Here’s the full exchange:
Dienhart: Could anyone on the team beat Bronson Koenig in a 3-point shooting contest?
Hayes: Brevin Pritzl is the best shooter in the country. He is just scared to shoot the ball. I hope he sees this. I’m challenging my teammate publicly. I hope people see this on Twitter and people tell him what his teammate said about him. We have the upmost confidence in Brevin. He just needs to have it in himself. And he has it some days. He usually has it in practice. But when it comes to games, where does it go? He has unlimited range. He can shoot from half-court and it looks like free throws. He is unequivocally the best shooter on the team when he wants to be. I have seen him shoot 100 shots in a row in practice and hit 90 of them.
That’s some high praise from a senior leader, but it also comes at an interesting time with Koenig set to miss an indefinite amount of time due to a nagging left leg injury. The Badgers’ third-leading scorer has shot the highest volume of 3-pointers on the team.
Koenig has attempted 169 shots from behind the arc and made them at a 38 percent clip. Forward Vitto Brown is the next closest with 99 attempts, but he is only shooting 30 percent. Guards D’Mitrik Trice (46 percent) and Zak Showalter (38 percent) are better percentage shooters but have only combined for only 133 attempts.
What does all of this have to do with Pritzl?
Well, Koenig’s injury might mean a larger role for the De Pere, Wis., native. Especially if he is as good of a shooter as Hayes says he is. So far this season, in 93 minutes, Pritzl is just 3 of 10 from 3-point land.
Hayes’ message is clear: If Pritzl sees the floor, he had better be shooting.
Also in the Big Ten Network interview, Hayes discussed how the loss to Northwestern on Sunday affected the Badgers, and he looked ahead to the game against Michigan on Thursday night.
Hayes also discussed his efforts to change NCAA rules about player compensation, and his favorite restaurants in Madison. Dienhart even got in a question about the Toledo Mud Hens.