Brevin Pritzl highlights Wisconsin’s Senior Night celebrations


MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin celebrated two of its seniors and one former Badger on Wednesday night prior to the 2019-20 home finale against Northwestern.

Brevin Pritzl, walk-on Michael Ballard and mid-1990s Badgers center Rashard Griffith received honors before the game, but all three took different paths to get to Wednesday.

For graduate senior Pritzl, it took five years with the Badgers, including a medical redshirt season in 2015-16. But the 6-foot-3 guard appeared in 90 games over the following three years before breaking out this season with six starts and 8.2 points per game.

The De Pere native shot a team-high 41% from three in 2018-19 and scored a season-high 19 points against Ohio State to kickstart the Badgers’ six-game win streak (entering Wednesday).

A walk-on, Ballard played three years for the Badgers after redshirting the 2016-17 season coming out of Fenwick High School in the Chicago area. Ballard appeared in 19 career games entering Wednesday and sank two free throws against Indiana back in early December.

But the big name in attendance Wednesday was Griffith, the Chicago native who arrived in Madison in 1993 and set the individual program record for most blocks in a season. Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round in 1995, Griffith had a lengthy career overseas, partially in Israel.

Griffith returned to campus recently and will earn his degree in May, allowing him to participate in Senior Night, where a Badgers victory sends them one win away from earning a share of the Big Ten regular season championship.