Name: Jonathan Davis
Weight: 196 pounds
Hometown: La Crosse
Season stats: 7.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 44.1 FG/38.9 3P/72.7 FT
Season in review: Johnny Davis came to Wisconsin as a 4-star recruit, the all-time leading scorer at La Cross Central, the reigning Mr. Basketball in Wisconsin and a two-time state champion.
Early on, it was clear that Davis would be heavily featured in the Wisconsin rotation.
Davis was typically one of the first to come off the bench for Greg Gard this season and played the most minutes for the Wisconsin Badgers as a reserve. Davis played just over 24 minutes per game as the only true freshman on the Wisconsin roster to average double-digit minutes this season and the only one to play in all 31 games. No other freshman played in more than 13 games.
Not only did Davis play in every game as a true freshman, which is a feat in of itself, but he also scored in every game and put up double-digit point totals nine times.
Davis’ best performance of the season came in a 72-56 win over Penn State, the second of back-to-back games against the Nittany Lions, after Wisconsin dropped the opener. Davis led all scorers, en route to a career-high 17 points. Davis finished 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc, showcasing his improving ability to shoot the deep ball.
His length and athletic ability led to him being active on the court, as a player that constantly filled the stat sheet. Davis led the team in steals and ranked fourth on the team in rebounds and in blocks. He also registered multiple blocks in a game three times.
His athletic ability also often led to rim rattling antics, such as in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament when Davis finished a baseline pass from D’Mitrik Trice, with a two-handed slam and then picked up the block on the other end.
In the win over North Carolina, he filled the stat sheet, finishing with six points, six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal. Davis followed up that performance with a 10-point outing against Baylor in a losing effort, proving that the big stage of the tournament was not too big for the true freshman.
While it is still possible that Wisconsin could see some players cash in on the COVID waiver, allowing them to repeat their senior seasons, the Badgers will likely be losing multiple players. With a much younger team on the court, Davis will become one of the more experienced players on the roster and could be leaned on to provide a fair amount of offense, as he could be the team’s leading returning scorer.
Davis, much like fellow La Crosse native, and former Badger Kobe King, has the ability to create for himself on the floor and a slasher mentality, something that should work well for him as he progresses at Wisconsin. His ability to shoot from the line should improve (72.7 percent) and if he continues to attack the basket, he should be able to get a fair amount of opportunities there. Overall, the future is very bright at Wisconsin for Davis.