For the second time in two months, the University of Wisconsin has snatched another touted Minnesota prospect away from the Gophers. As a result, the Badgers have likely put a bow on what is one of their highest-ranked recruiting classes in years.
Maple Grove (MN) point guard Brad Davison became the third piece to Wisconsin’s 2017 recruiting class, announcing his verbal commitment to the Badgers.
"I went with my heart and my gut, and I couldn't be happier to be apart of the Badger family," Davison said.
Davison joins a current top-10 recruiting class in head coach Greg Gard’s first recruiting cycle, joining four-star guard Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis.) and four-star forward Nathan Reuvers (Lakeville, MN).
“I know Nathan and Kobe really well,” noted Davison, previously. “They text or snapchat me every day trying to get me to go there.”
Even though the Badgers didn’t offer until in the beginning of June, the 6-3 Davison had already developed a strong relationship with Gard and new assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft, both of whom started recruiting Davison during his freshman year of high school. The relationship continued to grow during Davison’s unofficial visit in late June and during the evaluation period, as Gard and his staff traveled to North Augusta, S.C., to watch Davison in the Peach Jam.
While listed as a point guard, Wisconsin likes Davison as a combo guard, capable of playing the one or the two.
“I think the thing I liked the most (about Wisconsin) is the familiarity,” he said. “I have known them since eighth or ninth grade, especially Coach Gard. They have been stressing how they want me to be the quarterback of their team.”
Davison picked the Badgers over power-five conference offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Stanford, to name a few.
Averaging 21.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.4 rebounds a game his junior year, Davison was averaging 16.3 points per game in EYBL play with 4.4 rebound and four assists a night (through July 7). Helping his AAU Howard Pulley team win 34 of its first 39 games, Davison was shooting over 50 percent from the field, 41 percent from the 3-point line, 86 percent from free throw line with 76 assists to 29 turnovers.