HOPKINS, Minn. – Needing every bit of its 45 first-half points for a slim two-point lead over the defending AAAA state champion at halftime, Maple Grove’s halftime break took away its momentum in the early parts of the second half. Leave it to Brad Davison to get things back on track.
Whether it was knocking down perimeter shots or diving on the floor for loose balls, Davison did everything for Crimson in scoring a game-high 41 points in an 81-70 victory over Hopkins in the final game of the Super 60 Showcase.
“We got the win that’s all we came here to do that was the business we had to take care of,” Davison told BadgerNation after the game. “I was just trying to do whatever my team needed me to do in order to get the win.”
Scoring in bunches isn’t anything new for the University of Wisconsin commit, as he entered the game averaging 24.2 points per game – 17th in the state – and in the top 20 in 3-pointers. But in scoring over half his teams points, Davison balanced it out with 20 points in the first half and 21 in the second, including one point where he scored 12 straight to help the Crimson (10-1, 4-1) take the lead for good.
He played all 36 minutes, hit six 3-pointesr and went 9-for-12 to help Maple Grove win its second game over a 2016 state champion.
“It’s a game that you definitely have circled coming into the season,” Davison said, whose team is ranked No.2 in Class 4A. “Not many teams in the past decade here in Minnesota have beaten Hopkins, Apple Valley (led by five-star point guard Tre Jones) and De LaSalle in the same season, so that’s something we take pride in.”
Winning their last six games by an average of 15.6 points, Davison has been a big reason why. Not only is he the team’s vocal presence, Davison was willing to throw his body around in order for him to come up with the loose ball, demonstrating a willingness to do anything to register the win.
In addition to scoring Davison leads the team with 7.3 assists and is second with six rebounds per game. He finished with 12 rebounds against Hopkins.
“As a team the biggest thing for us is confidence,” Davison said. “Offensively and defensively, when we move the ball and are unselfish when we are moving around on offense and defense, we are tough to beat. We have a lot of different weapons and different players who can make plays. It’s a lot of fun to play.”
Committing to Wisconsin in July and signing his national letter of intent in November, Davison has kept a close eye on the Badgers and has made it a point to talk to Badgers assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft on a consistent basis.
“We talk quite a bit,” Davison said. “I talk to coach Krabbenhoft almost before or after every game and I watch all their games and (talk) with coach (Greg) Gard about every other week, just checking in. They have their season and we have our season, so we stay a little separate, but it is always good to connect with them.
“We don’t talk about (my season) a whole lot. It's more like good luck, good game, ask how it went, how the Badger games have gone, its small talk, but it’s good talk.”
Davison has two games coming in this week before he will go to Williams Arena to watch Wisconsin play Minnesota. Davison has been to plenty of games in the Barn before (his family used to have season tickets) but he has never cheered for the visiting team before.
“I’m going with (fellow 2017 commit) Nathan Reuvers,” Davison said. “We just got our tickets, looking forward to it. It will be the first time I ever wore red in that place. It will be a little different but I’m looking forward to the experience.”