Wisconsin HC Greg Gard comments on potential return for Tyler Wahl in 2023-24
Wisconsin’s Tyler Wahl has been an iron man for the Badgers in his 4 years with the program, and he might not be done.
The senior forward from Lakeville, Minnesota can return for a 5th year in 2023-24 because of the COVID waiver. Doing so would give coach Greg Gard an experienced and versatile forward for a bounceback kind of campaign.
Ahead of Thursday’s Senior Day showdown with No. 5 Purdue, Gard was asked about the possibility of a return for Wahl next year.
“We’ve had a little conversation with Tyler, but until that day comes … we’ll dive deeper into it,” Gard said, per The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus. “He is going to graduate in May. The conversation of grad school and all of that is already in motion.”
#Badgers Greg Gard on chances of Wahl returning next season: "We’ve had a little conversation with Tyler, but until that day comes…we’ll dive deeper into it. He is going to graduate in May. The conversation of grad school and all of that is already in motion."
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) February 28, 2023
Wahl averaged 3.9 points in 20 minutes during his first two seasons in Madison, but he broke out as a junior and has been a double-digit scorer for Wisconsin in the 2 seasons since.
This year has featured a bit more of a struggle for Wahl on the offensive end. Though he’s hit a few more 3s than last season, his shooting percentage has slumped from 52% to 41%. He’s 4th on the team in scoring at 11.2 points a game, and still rebounding well (6.4 a game), but the turnovers are up as well.
Wisconsin (16-12, 8-10 Big Ten) plays its final home game of the season on Thursday. Tip-off with the Boilermakers is set for 89 p.m. ET on FS1