UW MBB: Mike Lucas: Passing the Torch

BY MIKE LUCAS

UWBadgers.com Senior Writer

MADISON, Wis. — At the end of Vitto Brown's first collegiate season, some of his older Wisconsin teammates were singing his praises, obviously not literally to the degree that Brown can sing in his velvety, baritone voice. But they saw potential in Brown, even though he played little. Now Brown is in that position as a departing senior and he's projecting sky-is-the-limit things for freshmen D'Mitrik Trice and Aleem Ford.

"I see promising, bright futures," Brown said. "They're both hard workers. They've both been in winning programs in high school, so they know what it is to win. By D'Mitrik getting all the experience that he has been getting this year (as the first guard off the bench), he'll be able to share that with Aleem after he comes out of his redshirt year. I think they'll both do great down the road."

While redshirting, Ford toiled on the scout team and often matched up against Brown on the wing during practices. Asked to be more specific about Ford's upside, Brown said, "He's a match-up nightmare. He's deceptively tall in that he's 6-foot-8 but he moves like a guard. He can shoot (from outside) and still finish over the top of guys. He's a multi-faceted player who can do a lot of good things."

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