Ethan Happ is well on his way to becoming one of the most decorated Badgers in the program’s history. Happ was selected as an Associated Press Third Team All-American on Tuesday.
The sophomore forward improved in nearly every statistical category, which was not easy as he was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last year, averaging 12.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1.8 SPG. As a sophomore, Happ averaged 14.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 1.8 SPG. Happ also became more efficient from the field, increasing his shooting percentage almost five percent. He led the team in every statistical category during the conference season.
Happ already brought in multiple honors this season. He was named First Team All-Big Ten and made the First Team All-Big Ten defensive squad as well.
Happ is only the sixth Badger to be named to the AP All-American team, following Don Rehfeldt (1950), Devin Harris (2004), Alando Tucker (2007), Jordan Taylor (2011), and Frank Kaminsky (2015).
Happ is the only returning starter for the Badgers with the rest of the starters graduating. He is poised to have another monster year, and the offense will focus on him more than ever next year with a lot of unproven players stepping into their new roles.
Although the offense will center around Happ, it presents a challenge for him. Teams will be able to focus on stopping him, now that they are without worry of stopping Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes. An improved jumper and free throw shooting would go a long way for Happ. He scored nearly all of his points from the field from the paint, and he shot a miserable 50 percent on free throws. Happ should never wander too far from the paint because he dominates it, which is why he was named a Third Team All-American in the first place.
However, he will have to add to his game for the Badgers to continue to compete nationally.