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Danny Jones
Set scoring record for Wisconsin 1986-1989

Skilled offensively and defensively Danny Jones set the Wisconsin Men’s Basketball career record in points with 1,854 and in free throw attempts with 599 during his on court tenure, 1986-1989. Danny Jones also set the Wisconsin Badgers record for points in a single season, 611 in 1989, and led the team twice, 1988, 1989, in points and rebounds. A consistent offensive force, Dan Jones scored at least 10 points in 91 games, including 33 straight games.

 

An Associated Press, AP, honorable mention 1989 All American, Danny Jones all around play also merited second team All Big Ten in 1988 and 1989, and a Wisconsin Team MVP in 1989.  Member of Wisconsin University Hall of Fame.

 

Danny Jones basketball career includes playing professionally for teams in the U.S. Turkey, Belgium, Philippines, Hong Kong, Portugal, Cyprus, Canada and Mexico. He was an awardee of the 1995 Nike Player of the Year.

 


Chris Steinmentz Sr
The first college basketball player to score 1,000 points Captain of the 1905 Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Team, Member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin State Athletic Hall of Fame

An early basketball pioneer with superb athletic skills, Chris Steinmetz Sr. is the University of Wisconsin’s first basketball

All American, and is known as ‘The Father of Wisconsin Basketball.’

 

Christian Steinmetz  was the captain and team leader of the 1905 Wisconsin team that played a 9 game schedule mostly

in the eastern part of the U. S. The trip helped promote the game of basketball on college campuses.

 

According to the University of Wisconsin old basketball statistics Chris Steinmetz Sr. set the UW single season scoring

record with 462 points in 1905. Note: that averages out to 51.3 points per game. And, the U of Wisconsin also states, Chris

Steinmetz Sr. scored 50 points against Co. G, Sparta in a 75-10 win during Steinmetz Sr. senior year.  

 

Christian Steinmetz Sr. also is credited with making a record 26 free throws on a single game against the Two Rivers Athletic Club.

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Clarence Sherrod
Team Captain, Wisconsin Men’s Basketball 1967-1971

An outstanding offensive and defensive stalwart, Clarence Sherrod scored in double figures 40 straight games and hit for at least 30 points in seven games. He set a Wisconsin men’s basketball record for career points per game average with 19.6.

 

Clarence Sherrod was named Academic All Big 10 Conference, and a second team All Big Ten Player twice, 1970 and 1971. He led team in scoring with 22.4 ppg in 1970 and with 23.8 ppg as a senior in 1971, when he was named the team captain. He also led team with free throws made with 168 in 1970.  Clarence Sherrod stats: a three year starter he scored 1,408 points. Drafted by NBA Chicago in 1971 Wisconsin University Hall of Fame.

 


Bobby Cook
Forward Wisconsin Men’s Basketball 1944-1948,

Bobby Cook was the leading man on the Wisconsin hard floor for the 1947 Big 10 Champions, 9-3 record, 16-6 overall and 1-1  in NCAA postseason play. Head coach Bud Foster relied on the hot shooting Bobby Cook and his late-game clutch play. Led Big 10 in scoring with 15.6 points per game in championship season. Merited All-Big Ten honors in two straight seasons, 1947 and 1948.

 

During his senior year, 1948, Bobby Cook set a Big Ten record for single game field goal percentage, .727, by making 8 of 11 attempts against Northwestern. Named Wisconsin MVP in 1946 and 1948. Robert Cook set Wisconsin scoring record for 3-seasons with 847 points. Played third base for Wisconsin 1946 co-Big Ten championship baseball team.

 

Bobby Cook played pro basketball with Sheboygan Redskins Member of Wisconsin University Hall of Fame.


Joe Franklin
Center Forward Wisconsin Men’s Basketball 1964-1968,

A dominating rebounder Joe Franklin was a unanimous first team 1968 Big 10 All American when he set a then team scoring season record with 544 points, and in average per game with 22.7. In career had 7 games of at least 30 points scored. A team leader Joe Franklin was elected team captain during his senior year, 1968.

 

Joe Franklin set a Wisconsin record with a robust 27 rebounds against Purdue in 1968.

 

Joe Franklin is a Member of the Wisconsin U Athletic Hall of Fame. Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks NBA in 5th round in 1968

 


John Kotz
Forward 6 ft 3 inches Wisconsin 1940-1943

A well regarded player during the 1940s, John Kotz played a major role as a sophomore in the Wisconsin Badgers 1941 NCAA Championship. He was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player for the tourney, averaging 12.3 points per game in the 3-game postseason tournament. Wisconsin finished with an overall record of 20-3, including 11-1 in Big Ten games.

 

John Kotz merited All Big Ten Awards in 1941 and 1942, and his all around play earned him consensus first team All American honors in 1942 and second team All American in 1942-43.

 

As a junior in 1941-42, John Kotz led the Big Ten in scoring with 242 points in 15 games and received MVP awards from U of Wisconsin and the Big Ten Conference. Elected team captain as a senior in 1942-43. John Kotz left Wisconsin as the college’s career scoring leader with 841 points.

 

John Kotz is a member of the Wisconsin U Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

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Walter Meanwell
Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Coach 1911-1917 and 1920-1934, Missouri Men’s Basketball Coach 1918-1920, Naismith Hall of Fame

Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball teams coached by Dr. Walter Meanwell were an early American basketball power during the 1910s thru the 1920s. The ‘Little Doctor’ is credited with starting an emphasis on sports’ fitness and his teams were first to use the famous ‘criss-cross and ‘pivot and pass offense’.

 

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A native of Leeds England, Dr. Walter Meanwell received his medical degree from the U of Maryland in 1909 and arrived in 1911 to the U of Wisconsin and became the Director of the Gymnasium. Although he never played basketball one of his duties in 1911-12 was coaching the Wisconsin basketball team, and he guided the Badgers to three consecutive Big Ten Crowns, going 12-0 the first season, then 11-1, and 12-0, overall for those three years, Walter Meanwell’s teams were 44-1. Included was a string of 29 consecutive wins, still a Wisconsin record, and their only loss was the 1913 final game to the University of Chicago, a member of the Big Ten back then.

 

During 20 years, 1911-17 and 1920-34 Walter Meanwell led his teams to an impressive 246-99-1 record, a .712 percentage. And, in two seasons as head coach of Missouri, 1917-1920, his teams were 34-2, including a 32-2 record and two titles in the Missouri Valley Conference, MVC.

 

Walter Meanwell coached Wisconsin to eights outright or shared Big 10 Titles, and three second place finishes.


1940-1941 Wisconsin Badgers
Talk about Momentum, Wisconsin 1940-1941

Wisconsin 1940-1941

 

Wisconsin men’s basketball lost its opening game of the Big Ten Conference in 1940

to Minnesota by 17 points. Wisconsin did not make even one field goal during the

entire second half.

 

From then on and for the rest of the season, the Wisconsin Badgers won every

Big Ten game and every game of the 1941 NCAA Postseason Tournament.

 

Here is the Whole Story:

 

The year before, in 1939-1940 Wisconsin finished ninth in the Big 10 and had an

overall record of 5-15, their worst record since joining the Big 10 in 1906. By

winning the 1940-1941 NCAA Championship the Badgers became the

first team to finish more than 2 games below .500 ball one season and win the

whole championship the next season. Along the way Wisconsin tied a school

single season record with 20 wins, 3 losses.

 

  • 1941 Championship Bracket  
  • Wisconsin defeated Dartmouth 51-50 in Regional Semifinals  
  • Wisconsin defeated Pittsburgh 36-30 in Regional Final Four 
  • Wisconsin defeated Washington State 39-34 in Championship

 

1941 NCAA Most Outstanding Player Award John Kotz of Wisconsin.

John Kotz, a sophomore, scored 12 points in the NCAA Championship Game.

 



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