Currently sitting with two scholarships in the 2016 recruiting class, Wisconsin can afford to be selective when it comes to evaluating talent and character that fits its program. Onsted (MI) junior center Austin Davis is a prospect who doesn’t hold a UW scholarship but is someone the Badgers' assistant coaches have been watching and one of the unofficial visitors who spent Sunday in Madison.
“I thought the visit was great and I really enjoyed it,” Davis told BadgerNation. “The game was really great and the atmosphere was fantastic. I got to meet up with the coaches and talk to them a little bit, so it was a good day. This was the first Big Ten conference game I have been to, so like I said the atmosphere was a little more hyped up and crazier compared to last time.
“I talked to Coach (Bo) Ryan and Coach (Greg) Gard. We just kind of talked about how they have been doing, we talked about my game from last week and we just kind of caught up a little bit.”
Davis had a lot to be excited about when it comes to Wisconsin. The Badgers are now 23-2 overall and 11-1 in the Big Ten after their 68-49 victory over Illinois, and center Frank Kaminsky showed how productive Davis’ position can be on the court, finishing with a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.The 6-10, 245-pound big man has seen the spike of interest in several new teams with the start of his impressive season and he put on a show a few weeks ago when Wisconsin assistants came to watch before the Badgers’ game at Michigan, finishing with 36 points and 17 rebounds.
“They told me like great game, but also how my game and how I play to just how it might fit into their style of play,” said Davis. “I feel like the way they use their bigs pretty well. They move them around and play to their strengths. I think that would go hand to hand in my game.”
Davis has now visited Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Northwestern and a handful of others. Despite the recent surge of attention he has experienced in his recruitment, he still has everyone on equal playing ground.
“We are still feeling everything out and trying to find that good fit,” said Davis.
Even though Davis is filling up the box score, he is working to further his game and continue taking it to the next level.
“Our season is going really well,” said Davis. “We are 12-3 and have won nine out of our last 10. We are playing really well right now. I am just continuing to improve everything overall. I definitely need to get faster, like my lateral movement, and get quicker. I also want to continue to get stronger as well as extend my game and just get a lot of shots up.”