Wisconsin adds its third four-star prospect in 2017 in Maple Grove (MN) combo guard Brad Davison

For the first time since 2002, Wisconsin has landed three four-star Scout.com prospects. What does the commitment of Brad Davison do for the Badgers program? BadgerNation examines the commitment impact.


Committed Over: Maple Grove (MN) senior Brad Davison committed to Wisconsin over a dozen other offers, including Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern and Stanford.

Scouting Report: “Brad Davison has had an impressive spring and summer with Howard Pulley. Davison showed an ability to play on and off the ball and do each effectively. He’s a very good shooter from long range, is a talented passer and plays the game with grit and toughness. Wisconsin scored a good one.” – Evan Daniels, Scout’s Director of Basketball Recruiting

“Brad Davison is someone who has really done a good job of raising his stock since the spring. He is a lights out shooter and has a bit of toughness to him as well. Davison knows how to get open, and is a good enough athlete to keep guys in front on the defensive end. Davison is yet another very solid piece to the puzzle for Greg Gard in the 2017 class.” – Brian Snow, National Recruiting Analyst

Recruiting Impact: The recruiting impact of landing Davison doesn’t just cast ripples in 2017 but will also play an impact in 2018 for the University of Wisconsin.

Starting with the now. The Badgers have one available scholarship left in 2017, but Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard said in the spring that the plan was to bank a scholarship for the 2018 class. According to a source with direct knowledge, that’s still the plan for the Badgers but they aren’t married to that idea. The Badgers still have some options they could pursue but nothing will likely materialized until the fall. While Union City (TN) High combo guard Parker Stewart is likely out of luck, UW will still likely recruit Des Plaines (Ill.) Stevenson forward Justin Smith, who is ranked No.79 in the country and holds other offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Villanova.

If UW has the option to take a prospect in 2017, they’ll have to weigh their odds with the prospects in a loaded 2018 class. UW has been aggressively recruiting Stevens Point (WI) five-star PF Joey Hauser, Greenfield (WI) Whitnall four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro and Atlanta Pace Academy power forward Isaiah Kelly, and UW appears to sit in a good spot with all three of them. At this point, UW doesn’t look to be a player with Kaukauna (WI) point guard Jordan McCabe. With Davison’s ability to handle the point, UW has more pressing needs than another point guard.

Quotable: “I think it’s a great school for him and I think he’ll be a great fit there. He reminds me a little of Jordan Taylor. Not really explosive, but smart. And I think at this stage he’s a far better shooter than Jordan was. Jordan became a great shooter, but Brad’s there already.” - Rene Pulley, the owner/founder of the Howard Pulley AAU program, told the Wisconsin State Journal

Final Thought: Although he always seemed to do more with less (meaning he developed the middle-tier recruits into all-conference players), former head coach Bo Ryan was usually criticized for his inability to close the deal on the top-tier recruits across the Midwest. The sample size is small but that stigma seems to be dissipating around the program. In his first full recruiting cycle as head coach, Gard has landed three four-star prospects, all of whom said their relationship with the long-time associate head coach was a big reason for their decision. Wisconsin has a top-10 recruiting class, something Ryan never did. If Gard can develop the talent of Davison, King and Reuvers the way he developed the talent of the three-star players, Wisconsin could be in store for some big things ahead. 

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