All-American Johnny Davis announces on ESPN’s NBA Today that he is in the NBA Draft

Consensus first-team All-American Johnny Davis shared on ESPN’s NBA Today that he will be entering his name in the NBA draft.

A sophomore from LaCrosse, Wis., Davis is a projected lottery pick in the June draft after averaging 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game with the Badgers last season.

Davis came to Madison as a highly touted four-star prospect and immediately made an impact as a true freshman. Playing alongside an experienced squad, Davis was the team’s sixth man and was selected to compete with the USA U-19 squad at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup last summer. After making the FIBA ​​roster and winning a gold medal, Davis was still widely seen as a marginal NBA draft contender.

However, Davis exploded onto the scene as a sophomore and won the Big Ten Player of the Year award based on his performances during the 2021-22 season. Davis is also a finalist for the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year award, which will be presented at the Final Four this coming weekend.

At 6-foot-4, Davis will play shooting guard to the next level, and in the latest mock draft released by ESPN, he was selected No. 9 for the Washington Wizards.

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Johnny Davis’ decision to turn pro comes as no surprise, but he joins Matthew Mors and Ben Carlson as underclassmen on last year’s roster who are no longer on the program.

Mors entered the transfer portal last week hoping to return closer to home, while on Wednesday Ben Carlson also opted to transfer.

With all three players out of sight next season, the Badgers are now exploring the transfer portal to reshape their roster with several scholarships available.

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