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Badgers’ Johnny Davis drafted by Washington Wizards

Wisconsin's Johnny Davis reacts after his dunk during the second half of a first-round NCAA...
Wisconsin's Johnny Davis reacts after his dunk during the second half of a first-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Colgate Friday, March 18, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)(Morry Gash | AP)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:05 PM CDT
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Brooklyn, NY (WSAW) - Former Badgers guard and La Crosse native Johnny Davis has been drafted by the Washington Wizards with the 10th overall pick.

Davis, who was projected to be a lottery pick ahead of the draft, becomes the first Wisconsin player drafted since Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker in 2015. He is just the sixth Wisconsin player in school history to be drafted in the top ten of the NBA Draft. He is also the tenth Wisconsin Player to be selected in the first round.

“We are so proud of Johnny for fulfilling his dream of making the NBA,” Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard said. “The Washington Wizards are getting a proven winner, and the most competitive player in this draft class. I’ve always said that Johnny’s best trait is his competitive drive, which will help him stand out at the next level. Playing for the University of Wisconsin meant something special to Johnny, and tonight meant something special to his state and our program.”

Davis put together one of the great seasons in Wisconsin Basketball history, averaging 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. In addition to the conference player of the year honor, Davis was named a First Team All-American and a finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Award.

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