At the end of this past week, Wisconsin Badgers basketball commit Johnny Davis of La Crosse Central was named the Associated Press (AP) Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin.
The AP notes that Davis, a 6-foot-5 forward, has been selected as the state’s player of the year by The Associated Press after averaging 27.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Red Raiders, who won a state title when Davis was a freshman and qualified for the state tournament the next two seasons.
The Red Raiders would have made the state tournament again this year, but for obvious reasons...didn’t. Davis, who shot 58% from the floor and made 30 of 70 attempts from the 3-point line, had his biggest games in his team’s biggest games. He scored 42 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a loss to nationally ranked Minnehaha Academy (Minnesota) and averaged 26 points during three games at the Montverde (Florida) Invitational.
Davis was joined on the first-team by fellow 2020 PWO commit Carter Gilmore (Hartland) of Arrowhead High School and his twin brother, Jordan, was named to the all-state third team. Johnny was a unanimous first-team selection, as was 2021 5-star prospect Patrick Baldwin, Jr. (Sussex) of Hamilton High School who is presumed to be going to Duke once he makes a college decision.
“It’s not surprising to see what he has become,” La Crosse Central coach Todd Fergot said of Davis, who committed to the Badgers last summer. “You have to have a certain level of natural talent, and he certainly has that. And if you look at the top players in the state by class, you have a group of 20 or so you would consider for that when they are younger, say as a freshman. But then you really have to be committed to becoming the best, and Johnny did that.”