Where Are They Now? Wisconsin Badgers Basketball Players

With the NBA Draft approaching this Thursday and two former Wisconsin players bound to get drafted in the 1st round, we check in with some former Badgers from recent years to see what they are up to.

Mike Bruesewitz (2009-2012)

Courtesy Darron Cummings/Associated Press

The former Badger forward and hair legend played for the Milwaukee Bucks’ Summer League team in 2013. He played overseas in Israel with Hapoel Jerusalem following that (2013-14) before playing professionally in Slovenia and Malta this season. He started The Bruesewitz Basketball Experience, which documents Bruesewitz’s experience abroad and his summer camps and training around the Madison area. The other members of The Bruesewitz Basketball Experience team are former Oregon center Michael Dunigan, former Wisconsin women’s player Taylor Wurtz, and former Whitefish Bay High School and Princeton guard Jimmy Sherburne. Bruesewitz will be competing for the B1G BAD BOYS (follow them on Twitter @BadBoysTBT) at the $1 million TBT – The Basketball Tournament – along with former Badgers Zach Bohannon, Frank Kaminsky, Howard Moore (coaching), Kammron Taylor (will be mentioned later), and Jordan Taylor (coming up next).

Jordan Taylor (2008-2012)

After leaving the Badgers at the conclusion of his senior year (2011-2012), Taylor played for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League before joining the Italian team Virtus Roma. Taylor was teammates with Luigi Datome before the Italian made the jump to the NBA. Taylor additionally played for the Bucks’ Summer League team last summer as well, but obviously did not make the team in the end. He ended up playing professionally in Israel for Hapoel Holon this season with former NBA journeyman Dominic McGuire. As aforementioned, Taylor will be on the B1G BAD BOYS in TBT.

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Keaton Nankivil (2007-2011)

The Madison Memorial product played four seasons for the Badgers from 2007-2011. After going undrafted, Nankivil played professionally for three seasons for the German team Ratiopharm Ulm, where he came off the bench and played with former NCAA stars Edgar Sosa and Will Clyburn. This past season, he played for Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro in Galicia, Spain.

Brian Butch (2004-2008)

Butch, a former McDonald’s All-American from Appleton, went undrafted in 2008. He has played in the NBA Summer League with multiple teams, been an All-Star in the D-League, and played in China, Germany, Greece, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Similarly to Bruesewitz, Butch has been running the Brian Butch Basketball Camps in Appleton during the summer.

Jared Berggren (2008-2013)

Berggren, not to be confused with Butch, also went undrafted following his senior season in 2013. After the NBA did not work out for Berggren, he has been playing in Belgium for Telenet BC Oostende, where he started and averaged 13.0 PPG for the 2014-15 Belgian champions. Read about his post-Wisconsin experience here on The Victory Lap.

Kammron Taylor (2003-2007)

Taylor has been all over Europe and South America with a few stints in the D-League. He currently plays for the Gigantes de Guayana in Venezuela’s Liga Profesional de Baloncesto. As mentioned earlier, Taylor will be on the B1G BAD BOYS team participating in TBT.

Courtesy of Will Gibb and Ben Brust

Ben Brust (2010-2014)

Brust, the all-time leader in three-pointers for the Badgers, went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft and played in the Bucks’ Summer League last summer. He has been playing for the same Lithuanian team (Pieno Zvaigzdes) where Trevon Hughes played for a few years, along with former UCONN and Mizzou player Alex Oriakhi. Read about Brust’s journey here.

Ryan Evans (2008-2013)

Evans, known for his jump-shot free throws, played in the D-League and for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League team. He has continued to struggle from the field during his professional tenures, but nothing beats that flat-top. Evans played in Israel for Maccabi Raanana earlier this season. Most recently, Evans played for the Hungarian team Atomeromu SE, where he has started.

Alando Tucker (2002-2007)

Tucker ended up having the longest tenure in the NBA than anyone on this list. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft. He played in Phoenix from 2007 to 2009, was traded to the Timberwolves during the 2009-2010 season before being relegated to the D-League, and had a brief stint on the Bucks in 2012. Not to mention a lot of D-League play, Puerto Rico, and endless European play. Currently, Tucker plays for the French team Buologne where he starts and plays with former NCAA players Tweety Carter (Baylor), Darnell Wilson (Canisius), and Kenny Boynton (Florida).

Marcus Landry (2005-2009)

In the news this week for saying Kristaps Porzingis should be the #1 overall pick in this week’s NBA Draft, Landry was teammates with Porzingis during his tenure with Sevilla in Spain. Landry went underrated in 2009, but was signed by the New York Knicks and actually traded to the Boston Celtics in 2010 along with Nate Robinson. He has played in the D-League, and even got to play with his brother Carl briefly in Sacramento. Landry has played around the world as well, in Puerto Rico, China, Venezuela, and with his current club in Zaragoza, Spain.

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Trevon Hughes (2006-2010)

Hughes, a point guard from Delafield, WI, has been all over Europe playing professionally since graduating in 2010. His teams and countries by year are as follows:

  • 2010: Union Olimpija (Slovenia)
  • 2011: VEF Riga (Latvia)
  • 2011-2013: Pieno Zvaigzdes (Lithuania)
  • 2013-2014: TBB Trier (Germany)
  • 2014-2015: Medi Bayreuth (Germany)
  • 2015-present: Sakarya Büyüksehir Belediyesi (Turkey)

Joe Krabbenhoft (2005-2009)

Krabbenhoft, who resembled Josh Gasser for his knack for the game, is one of the only players on this list that stopped playing basketball. After playing in the D-League, South Korea, Spain, and Greece, Krabbenhoet was the video coordinator for Bo Ryan during the 2012-2013 season, and is now an assistant coach for South Dakota State. He is regarded to have a bright future in coaching, possibly re-joining Ryan back in Wisconsin at some point.

Michael Flowers (2004-2008)

Flowers, known for his game-winner against Texas and tough defense, has embraced his role in teaching basketball in his summer camps, after returning to Madison to finish his degree in 2010. He played in Germany and The Netherlands for those two years in between.




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