On Tuesday afternoon, Ethan Happ announced that he would be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent. It was major news for the Wisconsin Badgers and head coach Greg Gard as the program prepares to move into next season.
During his three seasons in Madison, Happ has been an absolute monster. He has averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game and has been fantastic on the defensive side of the court as well. Happ also came up big for the Badgers in the postseason, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the team’s upset of Villanova last season.
Happ originally entered Wisconsin’s program without a great deal of hype, but stepped up following superstar Frank Kaminsky’s graduation following the 2015-’16 season. Happ has been one of the best players in the Big Ten since he moved into the starting role.
There’s little denying that this is huge news for the Badgers moving forward. Happ was easily the team’s most productive player last season and the team still limped to a 15-18 overall record and missed the NCAA Tournament. Losing the best player from a team that put up a performance like that isn’t exactly an encouraging sign.
Of course, Happ will still have a chance to return, considering he didn’t hire an agent. The deadline to withdraw and return to school is May 30, 2018, so fans will have to hold tight until then. In the meantime, fans will have to hold on to their seats.