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2020-2021 basketball player reviews: Brad Davison

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A look back at how the season unfolded for one of the Badgers primary guards.

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Name: Brad Davison
Position: shooting guard
Class: senior
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 202 pounds
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn.

Season stats: 10 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.1 SPG, 34.6% FG/39.1% 3P/86.8% FT

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Season in review: After helping lead the Badgers to a Big Ten regular season title in the 2019-2020 season, Brad Davison and his teammates came into 2020-2021 with high expectations.

While those lofty expectations were not fully accomplished, the senior shooting guard had a slightly better season statistically in multiple areas than the year prior.

Davison has been described as the heartbeat of the team by Greg Gard throughout his his career, and this past season the team’s play seemed to follow his. In the 15 games where the two-guard scored in double-figures, the Badgers were 11-4, with three of those losses coming against Iowa. In the other 15 games in which Davison failed to reach 10 or more points, Wisconsin only managed six wins.

Overall, Davison put together the best three-point percentage of his career at 39.1%, but inside the arc he struggled throughout the year. He finished the the season shooting only 27.5% on two-point attempts, a precipitous drop from the previous three seasons in which he averaged over 42%. Davison’s shooting was extremely streaky all year long, much like the team in general.

On the defensive end it was more of the same. He still drew his fair share of charges, was fifth on the team in rebounds, and recorded the second most steals with 32.

Outside of the Baylor game, Davison put together his best play of the season in the final handful of games. After some late game heroics against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament, his best performance was in the second round of the NCAA Tournament versus North Carolina.

Against one of the longer teams in the entire country, Davison had a career-high 29 points with six rebounds on 66% shooting. His 29-point output tied Frank Kaminsky for the second most points scored in an NCAA Tournament game in program history.

With the NCAA allowing an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19, the lingering question is if Davison will choose to come back for another season. With a young core set to carry the load next year, having the leadership capabilities of Davison could pay major dividends. He did not use a redshirt, and started all four years in Madison. As of now he is the lone senior that has yet to make his future plans publicly known.