What The Future Holds: Guard

Senior – Brad Davison

With one year of eligibility left, expect more of the same from Brad Davison. Davison always was a high floor/low ceiling type of player. He is able to give you perimeter shooting, a good post-up game, quality defense (especially off ball), and plenty of grit. Brad has been asked to wear many different hats during his time in madison. As a freshman, Davison was asked to be a primary ball handler/scorer, a spot up shooter as a sophomore and a “3&D” player as a junior. As a senior I’d expect more of what we saw last season. it’s important to note that undoubtedly he’ll do whatever is asked of him by Greg Gard. Davison has been a great glue guy for a program that appreciates players like him more than most. 

per cbb reference, 56% of Davison’s field goal attempts were from three. It would be nice to see a little more play making offensively, and not so pigeon-holed into a spot up role. With that being said, Davison could blow up from beyond the arc any night. 

Greg Gard’s system covets ball handlers that can be interchangeable defensively. Expect heavy minutes from the senior and plenty of leadership. He’s the perfect player for the freshman to learn from, and a player Wisconsin fans won’t soon forget.

Senior – Walt McGrory

The walk-on, McGrory is also a Senior. McGrory has shown some chops offensively albeit a small sample size. 

However Wisconsin shouldn’t have to rely on McGrory entering his senior year. With most rotational players returning and a strong freshman class, I just don’t see minutes being available.

In the event of an injury he’s shown the ability to provide decent minutes off the pine and is a nice walk-on to have available in a pinch. 

Freshman – Johnny Davis

One of the best in state players UW has landed in recent years. Davis is going to provide a special type of athleticism and playmaking ability the Badgers have been devoid of. 

Davis is one of the best slashers UW’s had in years, with some next level athleticism of it. Davis is a terrific on ball defender and should be able to step into some kind of role as a true freshman, possibly taking over some of the minutes vacated by Pritzl. Instant offense and supreme confidence are what Davis will bring as a freshman. 

Once Davison graduates, it’s entirely possible we see 3 straight years of Davis starting out on the wing. Johnny is a unique kind of player that should allow for Wisconsin to play a little bit faster on offense, and set the tone on defense. 

“Johnny is really coming into his own here, especially recently,” said Trice. “He’s a confident guy. He honestly shoots it a lot better than I had anticipated when he first came in. He knocks down shots, super energetic, rebounds, and he has long, long arms. He gets rebounds and he’s really explosive”.

Capable of playing either spot on the wing, I expect big things from Davis, and believe he will be the program’s next star. 

Freshman – Jordan Davis

Johnny Davis’ twin brother Jordan had multiple in state scholarship offers before ultimately landing the one he was waiting for at Wisconsin. 

Davis has many “glue guy” type traits to his game which is why I think in time Jordan Davis will find his way onto the floor for Wisconsin. His tough defense coupled with his shooting ability will push players in practice in the short term and offer versatility on the floor in the long term.  

I don’t see Davis contributing as a true freshman, but I think the fit with the program is easy to see. I expect Davis to be a multi-year contributor at Wisconsin as something of a high floor prospect who provides a 3 and D option off the bench. 

I do believe that Johnny Davis is a future star for this program and will be a 3 year starter for the badgers. With that being said, I think it is highly likely that another wing will be added to the 2021 class as a late addition. If nobody is landed in the 2021 class I think it will be a high priority in the class of ‘22 to land either a combo guard or a true shooting guard. Both Davis brothers will contribute but added depth is going to be a must moving forward whether it comes from the recruiting trail or on the transfer market. 

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