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Wisconsin Basketball Extends First Offer in 2027 Recruiting Class



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Wisconsin basketball head coach Greg Gard likes what he sees from an in-state prospect. Thursday marked the second time this week the two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year observed the newest prospect to receive a scholarship offer from the Badgers. Gard is investing early in a recruit preparing for his sophomore year of high school.

Wisconsin Basketball Extends Scholarship Offer to Donovan Davis

Wisconsin basketball coach Greg Gard

Mar 17, 2022; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Greg Gard leads the team during practice before the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Following UW’s Advance Camp on Thursday, Gard offered Donovan Davis a spot in the Badgers 2027 recruiting class. The first ’27 player to receive an offer from the Badgers, Davis told BadgerNotes, “it is amazing to have an offer from a hometown team.” At six-foot-seven and 200 pounds, the Freedom High School standout made a quick impression on the Wisconsin Basketball staff. Gard and assistant Sharif Chambliss observed Davis at the WIAA/WBCA June Jam last weekend before impressing at camp in Madison.

Wisconsin’s staff made a positive early impression on Davis. After receiving the scholarship offer, he told BadgerNotes, “the coaching staff was amazing and they said that they liked me a lot.” When asked what he is looking for in his recruitment, Davis said he is looking for a team that has “played as a family and everyone has each other’s back.”

Donovan Davis Basketball Recruiting Profile

Wisconsin Badgers head basketball coach Greg Gard

Mar 21, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Wisconsin coach Greg Gard talks to the media at a press conference at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With springy athleticism, size, and a jump shot, Davis could become the top-ranked prospect from Wisconsin in his class. Although he is currently unranked by recruiting services, the EYBL Team Herro product has tremendous upside. With his size at his young age, Davis could grow into a force in the frontcourt. Given his ability to combine that size with an outside shot, teams could play him in the frontcourt or as a big wing. Perhaps Davis leans into one or the other moving forward, whether by preference or physical necessity. Either way, he should be an entertaining in-state prospect for fans.

Gard and his staff deserve kudos for getting in on Davis early. Wisconsin’s offer is Davis’ first. His recruitment is a long way from finished; it will be impressive if the Badgers stay in the driver’s seat from beginning to end.

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BadgerNotes' resident college basketball sicko, Kedrick Stumbris covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball and women's hockey teams unlike anyone else. He received his B.A. with economics and political science majors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has had his work published on Bleacher Report and Verbal Commits.