Wisconsin G Traevon Jackson Nears Comeback

To put it lightly, the Wisconsin Badgers have high hopes as they approach march madness. As a potential number one seed, the Badgers are again poised for a deep tournament run, but many of those hopes rest not only the shoulders of power forward and Naismith Trophy candidate Frank Kaminsky, but on guard Treavon Jackson as well.  After what was expected to be just six weeks, Jackson has been unavailable for the last nine weeks worth of games for Wisconsin due to a broken bone in his right.

“I’d say I’m about 90 percent right now,” Jackson said, following Friday’s win over Michigan. “I definitely have a way to go on some things, but I feel good mentally.

“I just want to make sure everything in my body is 100 percent ready when I do come back.”

That time is quickly approaching, and it has been reported that Jackson will likely begin practicing again on Monday as the team begins their quest for a National Championship. Still, the senior guard understands his health is not only a key aspect of the team’s future, but of his as well.

“The only reason why I wouldn’t is if it (his foot) is still bothering me,” Jackson said. “We’ll see. It’s a day-to-day type thing, but this has definitely put things in perspective as to where I want to be at.

“I don’t want to be hobbling around. I want to be out there competing.” 

Prior to injury, Jackson had been averaging 9.4 points, 2.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game, however, it was his leadership that stood out above all else.  Over the course of his four years, Jackson has become a major part of the program’s success guiding Wisconsin to 108 wins to date. Now, it appears likely that he will be ready for one last run at an NCAA championship.

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