In an unsurprising move, given how well the 6'3 guard played in the month of May, Wisconsin extended a scholarship offer Saturday to Brad Davison, a senior-to-be at Maple Grove Senior High School just northwest of Minneapolis.
Brad Davison has been offered by Wisconsin. The 2017 PG has had a fantastic spring for Howard Pulley pic.twitter.com/661xP3NF0D— Ryan James (@RyanJamesMN) June 4, 2016
The offer continues to showcase the good rapport Wisconsin has with prospects in Minnesota -- and those within the Howard Pulley program in particular. That AAU program produced former Wisconsin stars Jordan Taylor and Jared Berggren and current Badger Alex Illikainen.
Playing on a talented Panther squad, Davison has proven capable of manning either guard position. However, his talents were never more apparent than they were this spring in Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), where Davison showed tremendous improvement against top-flight competition compared to a year ago.
A tenacious competitor, Davison has displayed his scoring prowess, defensive abilities and leadership. He put together a 37-point, nine-assist, eight-rebound performance with second-ranked 2018 point guard Tre Jones injured to run Pulley's EYBL record to 11-0. Then Davison controlled athletic counterpart Markell Johnson the next game out, prompting new ACC offers from Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. In Jones' absence, Pulley went 5-2 and Davison averaged over 21 points and six assists per game.
Davison was a second team all-state pick as a junior after leading Maple Grove to a school-record 25 wins and a berth in the Class 4A quarterfinals, where the Crimson lost to Lakeville North and recent Wisconsin pledge Nathan Reuvers. Davison averaged better than 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists this past season.
A quick verbal from Davison would vault UW's class to No. 2 in the 247Sports Composite class rankings. However, one thing to keep an eye on this summer is how Davison's football obligations impact his decision timetable.
Wisconsin has commitments from Reuvers and Kobe King in the 2017 class currently, with two more available scholarships.
By adding D'Mitrik Trice to the 2016 class and now a second outstanding invitation to a 2017 combo guard, many recruiting analysts have speculated that Wisconsin's latest offer to Davison may shut the door on saving a spot in 2018 for the smaller, flashier Jordan McCabe of Kaukauna. Most expect Greg Gard to reserve one of the 2017 scholarships for the 2018 class, which features in-state talents Tyler Herro and Joey Hauser, because only one scholarship will open up via graduation.