March 30, 2010

Recapping the season: Saying goodbye

MADISON - In part four of BadgerBlitz.com's 'Recapping the season' feature, the focus shifts to one of the two seniors who have played their final game as a member of the Badgers. This time, the focus is on Jason Bohannon.

By the time Bohannon and fellow senior guard Trevon Hughes finished their career at Wisconsin, the duo were a part of 105 wins (tied for school record) and combined for 2,443 career points, the most of any backcourt duo in UW history.

CAREER HIGHS:

-Points: 30 vs. Indiana (2/13/10)
-Field goals: 11 vs. Indiana (2/13/10)
-Field goal attempts: 16 vs. Indiana (2/13/10)
-3-point field goals: 7 vs. Indiana (2/13/10)
-3-point field goals attempted: 7 vs. Indiana (2/13/10)
-Free throws: 8 vs. Cal State Fullerton (3/20/08)
-Rebounds: 9 vs. Iowa (3/3/10)
-Assists: 5 (twice) with most recent happening at Michigan (2/6/10)
-Blocked shots: 3 (twice) with most recent happening at Purdue (1/9/10)
-Steals: 3 (four times) with most recent happening vs. Penn State (1/24/10)
-Minutes: 43 (twice) with most recent happening vs. Penn State (1/24/10)

CAREER NOTES:

-2010 All-Big Ten third team selection.
-Bohannon played in 135 career games, ranking second in school history behind Joe Krabbenhoft (136). Of those 135 games, Bohannon had 68 starts.
-A part of 105 wins, tied for school record.
-Career 84.5 percent shooter from the charity stripe, ranking third in UW history.
-Owns 58 career double-digit scoring efforts
-Became 35th member of UW's 1,000-point club vs. Penn State and finished his career with 1,170 points.
-Named 2008 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.
-Owns UW record for consecutive made free throws with 39 straight in 2008.

RECAPPING THE CAREER:

Freshman year:

As a wide-eyed freshman, directly following his Mr. Basketball senior year at Linn-Mar High School in Iowa, Bohannon came into Wisconsin with lofty expectations both from himself and the Badger faithful. He didn't disappoint.

In a year when the Badgers eventually rose to their first ever No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press poll, Bohannon played a key role as a spot up 3-point shooter. In that season, Bohannon averaged 4.6 points per game. While the number doesn't sound particularly impressive, Bohannon hit big shots throughout the course of the season and finished with a 37 percent shooting clip from downtown.

Defensively, Bohannon was nowhere near as good as he would eventually become, but that comes to be expected from a brand new freshman. He averaged 15 minutes as a true freshman and shot 84 percent from the charity stripe.

Best game of the year: At No. 1 Ohio State. In that game, Bohannon finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. He also didn't miss from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, Wisconsin suffered a devastating one-point loss to the Buckeyes led by Greg Oden and Mike Conley.

Sophomore year:

Still not quite able to break into the starting rotation, Bohannon made it a point to contribute as much as he could off the bench. As a result, Bohannon saw an increase in minutes, up from 15 as a freshman to 26.3 as a sophomore. His scoring average nearly doubled and he connected on nearly 40 percent of his shots from downtown.

At the end of the season, after scoring 295 points, mostly off the bench, Bohannon was labeled the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and received a ring as the Big Ten regular and tournament champions.

Best game of the year: In a five game stretch late in the Big Ten season, Bohannon endured one of his hot streaks. In games against Purdue (loss), at Indiana, Minnesota, at Illinois and at Ohio State (all wins), Bohannon scored 14, 18, 11, 15 and 16 points. During the same stretch, Bohannon shot just less than 50 percent from the floor.

Junior year:

Offensively, Bohannon also started making strides and began showing flashes of his ability to take players of the dribble. But his biggest strides were seen on the defensive side of the ball, particularly as a chasing defender.

One game in particular stands out more than any else. When Ohio State came to the Kohl Center for a nationally televised game on ESPN, Bohannon had an opportunity to defend Jon Diebler, one of the better shooters in all of the Big Ten.

In that match up, Bohannon held Diebler to only two points on only four shots. Not only was Bohannon chasing Diebler well, he wouldn't even let the then sophomore get a shot off. It was truly an impressive performance for Bohannon during a year that saw him finish by averaging double-digit scoring.

Best game of the year: Bohannon scored 20 points on a couple of occasions during this season, but his all-around game against Diebler that night was his best overall performance of the season. For a team that endured a six-game losing streak, the game against the Buckeyes was an absolute must win if it wanted to make the NCAA tournament.

In order to do so, Bohannon needed to perform exceptionally well on Diebler to limit the Buckeyes ability to go on huge scoring surges. That was arguably one of his best performances on that side of the ball during his career.

Senior year:

In true Bo Ryan fashion, Bohannon completely improved with each and every season. During his final go round, Bohannon was one of the better chasing defenders in all of the Big Ten and provided one of the more lethal jumpers in the conference.

He developed as a guard that could create for himself and the rest of his teammates, rebounded the ball well and continued to play incredible defense. Offensively, Bohannon went on a hot streak that saw eight-straight double-digit scoring efforts, including a 30-point explosion against Indiana.

Perhaps more unheralded was the way Bohannon developed into a solid leader. Always quiet and polite off the court, Bohannon developed as a verbal floor general by the end of his career. He will surely be missed when the Badgers return to the court for the 2010-11 season.

Best game of the year: Obviously, Bohannon's best game offensively would have to be his performance against Indiana. He scored 30 points and hit seven 3-point shots. He also dished three assists, blocked a shot and reeled in three boards.




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