The Wisconsin men’s basketball team doesn’t play games for the public in the summer, but you can check out some former Badgers hooping it up in the Roy Boone Summer League.
"This our second week [of the season]," Boone said after Thursday’s slate of games. "[The] games have been real competitive, real good. The community’s been coming out supporting. So, things have been going pretty good so far."
The Roy Boone Summer League is now in its 4th year. What began as a recreational league has blossomed into sponsored teams – with deep rosters – that play weekly for the public’s enjoyment.
"I want to keep [entrance to the games] free for them," said Boone. "I want them to be able to enjoy themselves and interact with the players and hopefully inspire some of the youth [to play basketball.]"
Other former Badgers like Mike Wilkinson and Zach Morley are taking part this year. They all play for different reasons.
"[The games are] a chance to stay in shape? Ha ha," said Wilkinson, a former Badgers forward. "We have fun. [It’s] a chance to play with some of the young kids, some of the kids that are going D-1. You know, a lot of these kids are just local kids that grew up in the area and are looking for a place to play while they’re back for the summer and play against some good competition. And you know, we’ve been around and got a chance to play in some big arenas and [against] some big teams. You bring that experience and get to play against some of these young guys."
If you can’t make it to a game at Madison College, the games also stream on the Roy Boone’s Summer Pro Am 2018 Facebook page.
You can catch them every Thursday night at 6, 7 and 8 pm from now through August 2nd.