As he drove home to Maple Grove, Minn., in early July, fresh off a whirlwind schedule that saw him visit over a half dozen schools in the Midwest and the West Coast, combo guard Brad Davison had honestly no idea what school he was going to commit to over the next few weeks.
But as he flew home with his AAU teammates following the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., last weekend, the decision was abundantly clear.
“The visits cleared up a lot of things, but I really had no idea,” Davison said. “I did a lot of thinking and praying with my family, and coming home from the Peach Jam is when it hit me that Wisconsin was where I wanted to go.”
Davison announced his commitment on Monday, joining a program that has been to two Final Fours in the last three years and has put together a top-10 recruiting class with earlier commitments from four-star recruits Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis.) and Nathan Reuvers (Lakeville, MN).
“Wisconsin basketball is one of the richest traditions in all of basketball around the country,” Davison said. “I’m really excited. I’m coming in with great guys and great guys are already there. It’s fun to be a part of not only a great basketball team but a great community and supportive fan base.”
There were a lot of reasons that Wisconsin became the pick over schools like Butler, Dayton, Michigan, Northwestern and Stanford, but Davison pointed to the familiarity and comfort he felt toward head coach Greg Gard and assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft as a tipping point.
Both coaches started recruiting Davison when he was a freshman in high school and stayed in contact throughout, including both being front and center during Davison’s Peach Jam games.
“I’ve really developed a great relationship with both of them,” Davison said. “That played a big part of it.”
Able to play both point and shooting guard, Davison said the plan is for him to dabble at both positions throughout his career.
“They want me to play both and, whether I’m playing the one or the two, he (Gard) still wants me to be that quarterback on the floor,” Davison said. “Kind of an extension of him on the floor, so that’s what we’ve talked about.”
Averaging 21.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.4 rebounds a game his junior year, Davison was averaging a robust 17 points in 16 Nike EYBL games, not to mention averaging over four rebounds and four assists. His performance earned him a Minnesota offer last week, considered a special offer for him because he grew up a Gophers fan with season tickets.
But by the time Minnesota decided to offer, Davison acknowledged it was too late to make an impact with him.
“I had already had my mind made up at that time,” he said. “Getting an offer from Minnesota was one of my goals growing up, and it meant a lot to get that offer, but I had such a great relationship with Coach Gard and Coach Krabbenhoft already that I knew where I wanted to go.”