Johnny Davis, a projected lottery pick, didn’t shock anyone this afternoon on ESPN, announcing his decision that he will be entering the 2022 NBA Draft.
Davis wrote a heartfelt note to Badger Nation:
Davis is a projected top 10 pick and the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year. He led the Badgers in scoring (19.7 ppg) and rebounds (8.2 rpg), and was second in steals (36) and third in assists (66).
The All-American didn’t finish the season particularly strong, but he was significantly hampered by a right ankle sprain he suffered against Nebraska on March 6th.
Davis’ best performance of the year was the 74-69 road win over then-No. 3 Purdue in early January. Davis scored 37 points with 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots. It was the first time a player has led his team in all five of those statistical categories in a road win over a top-5 team since Tim Duncan did so in 1997. Davis scored 27 points in the second half that night.
His performance at Indiana wasn’t too far behind that one. In that 74-69 victory in Bloomington, Davis dropped 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting. He scored 19 in the second half, and scored UW’s final 13 points in the final 3:52 of the game.
Davis’ departure for the NBA is a bittersweet moment for him and his family because there’s no guarantee he’ll ever be on the same team as his twin brother Jordan again. They’ve been teammates since the second grade and committed to UW together on the same day in June 2019.
I’m completely understand why Davis is leaving for the NBA, and he likely made the right decision, but I’m a little bit sad about it.
In addition to Davis leaving for the NBA, Matthew Mors and Ben Carlson entered the transfer portal since the season came to an end, on top of losing Brad Davison and Chris Vogt due to graduation. That means the Badgers have three scholarship spots to fill this offseason. They’ve already expressed interest in a handful of transfers. Guard Connor Essegian is the lone scholarship member of UW’s 2022 recruiting class.