The red squad with D’Mitrik Trice, Kobe King and Ethan Happ was the presumed favorite coming into the annual Red/White scrimmage, but instead it was the balanced attack from the white squad led by Brevin Pritzl, Charlie Thomas, Brad Davison and Khalil Iverson that came out victorious on Sunday afternoon.
The white squad dominated the first half 29-15, including an 18-0 run that lasted for several minutes out of the first twenty. The score was set back to 0-0 at the start of the second half, but the white squad again came out on top, 26-19.
Pritzl knocked down his first three three-pointers, which may have not even touched the net, continuing his strong shooting performances from last summer in Australia. Pritzl finished with 11 points. For the red squad, Happ and Trice struggled to get going all day. Trice was aggressive and assertive but struggled mightily to put the ball in the hoop, finishing with five points. Happ didn’t score a single point, but he also didn’t look to score hardly at all.
Khalil Iverson had eight points, five rebounds and two assists. Iverson battled King in the post and had a few nice moves down low, scoring one bucket and getting to the free throw line on the other. In typical Iverson fashion, he also had a few highlight dunks, including a finish from a pass off the backboard from newcomer Trevor Anderson. Charles Thomas finished well down low and was the beneficiary of good passing, and quietly led the white team with 14 points.
King was largely the only productive player for the red squad in the first half. The freshman notched nine points, with no one else on the squad scoring over two. He continued his strong play into the second half, scoring at all levels. Within the first few minutes of the second twenty, King had a corner three, coast-to-coast lay-in, and a mid-range jumper that he finished through contact.
If Sunday was any indicator, King will be a major contributor for the Badgers. He finished Sunday with 16 points, the game high.
Another freshman, Davison, was also impressive for the white squad. Davison filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Davison was also very vocal throughout and requested to guard King while he was taking over the game.
“I’m glad he’s on my team,” Coach Gard said after the scrimmage of Davison. “He’s not your typical freshman.”