Speaking Friday at the team’s media day, head coach Bo Ryan didn’t talk about Flowers’ absence except to say that his team would start addressing Flowers’ on-court absence at practice later that day.
Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon — both of whom saw extensive action at times last season — will be looked to in the interim to run the offense.
After playing on the second team in practice for almost all of last season, Hughes has quickly assimilated himself with the first team offense during practices so far this fall — literally.
“Trevon Hughes is as quick a basketball player as I’ve ever seen, and I’ve had an opportunity to see some pretty quick players,” Ryan said. “He’s doing some things. … Now it’s just a matter of having the other guys catch up to him a little bit on some passes. … He can get to places that other people can’t.”
Bohannon, who Ryan said was laid up for a time during the offseason, is just now rounding his game into shape.
The two both showed flashes of great play at times last season. Hughes’ defense was integral in Wisconsin’s road win over Marquette, and Bohannon keyed the Badgers’ comeback that was for-naught against the Buckeyes, draining three 3-pointers in the second half and finishing with 11 points.
With Flowers out, Hughes will likely be thrust into a leadership role and left to continue his development on the fly, which, he says, is not ideal.
“No, it will definitely not help me, just being thrown into it. … Taking one guy out of the equation is gonna — it’s like a puzzle you’re trying to put together. It can’t happen,” Hughes said.
“Without Michael right now, we’re going in with the effort and energy to become a better team,” Bohannon said. “When Michael gets back in the mix, we’ll be that much better of a team.”
During the few instances last year when Bohannon and Hughes were on the floor at the same time, they seemed to have a connection and ability to find each other in open situations to make plays.
“Me and Trevon are really close,” Bohannon said. “We understand each other’s play a lot, and we love playing with each other. It helped a lot last year, being able to play on scout team together, just get a feel for each other’s games.”
One reason for that love of playing together is their complementary styles of play.
Hughes’ slash-and-dish approach to the point guard position is a perfect match with a spot-up shooter like Bohannon.
“It’s a shooter’s dream a lot of times,” Bohannon said. “Have a guy get in the paint like that and kick it out.
“Mike (Flowers) and Trevon both did a great job of that, and we try to play off each others’ strengths.”
At this point, it seems as if Flowers’ leave is likely not caused by any personal physical problems. Flowers was reportedly seen playing late-night basketball at the SERF Thursday night.
Superman that Bo
By the end of last week, the video of Ryan doing the dance to the Soulja Boy song “Crank That” that was shown during the “Night of the Grateful Red” had appeared on YouTube and started making the viral e-mail rounds.
“I’m surprised it got out like that, because I never signed a release form,” Ryan joked. “I’ve got my lawyer on it, because all my guys back in Chester (Pa., Ryan’s hometown) got a hold of it on YouTube, and it’s going around.”
Ryan claimed he was challenged to do the dance by his daughters, who were listening to the song on the home computer.
After watching his daughters’ rendition of the dance, Ryan had to try for himself.
“We were just clowning around in the Nicholas Johnson (Pavilion), and if it wasn’t for the pulled hamstring, I would have done it live,” Ryan said. “I’m sticking with that story.”
“It’s surprising for somebody that old to do moves like that,” Hughes said.
Asked after the Red-White scrimmage Sunday night to showcase the moves she taught her dad, Brenna Ryan politely declined.