Walt Mcgrory basketball obituary, Former Wisconsin Badgers basketball died

The Wisconsin men’s basketball program mourns the loss of one of its own.

Walt McGrory, a walk-on who joined the program in 2017 and remained a dedicated team member for four seasons, passed away on Saturday after bravely facing an extended battle with cancer. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, in August 2021, McGrory underwent the amputation of part of his left leg in April of the following year.

A standout from Edina High School in Minnesota, McGrory’s resilience and spirit left an indelible mark on the Wisconsin basketball community. Despite his health challenges, McGrory’s enduring positivity resonated with his teammates and coaches.

Before the start of the season, current UW players Tyler Wahl and Carter Gilmore, along with former UW players Trevor Anderson and Carter Higginbottom, made a heartfelt visit to McGrory in Minnesota, cherishing moments reminiscent of their time together.

In September, McGrory initiated a GoFundMe page, where fans and friends rallied to raise over $136,000 to support him during his battle.

Head coach Greg Gard, acknowledging the deeper significance beyond basketball, asked Badger Nation to send thoughts and prayers to McGrory during a post-game interview after UW’s victory over Robert Morris on Nov. 17. Gard expressed the team’s love and concern for McGrory, emphasizing the broader community’s support during this challenging time.

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