4. John Kotz
John Kotz is a name a lot of Badgers’ fans probably haven’t heard, but that should change. Kotz played at the University of Wisconsin from 1940 to 1943 and led them to their only National Championship in school history.
He was a 6-foot-3 forward who hailed from Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He and Gene Englund teamed up to give the Badgers a great 1-2 punch back in the early 40’s.
The year the Badgers won their National Championship in 1941, Kotz was just a sophomore. This didn’t stop him from being the sparkplug for the team, as he earned the Most Outstanding Player award for the NCAA tournament. He used that momentum to earn a spot on the All-American team in 1942 and 1943. By the time he finished school, he was Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer.