Central grad, Badgers star Davis continues climb up draft boards

Badger star staying humble and team-first as draft stock rises

Johnny Davis is playing in the NBA next year at the rate he’s going.

The win at No. 3 Purdue was just the latest evidence. Davis delivered a career-high 37 points and he led his team in scoring, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.

No one has led their team in all five categories against a top 5-ranked team since Tim Duncan in 1997. And with his latest performances, outlets like Yahoo have Davis getting drafted in the Top 10 in the next NBA Draft.

Player of the Year, anyone? Well, for all the hype he’s receiving from even national media pundits, Davis is always putting the team first.

“So far into the season, yeah I would say this is one of the better games I’ve played. I’d say for our team as well. I hit some shots but I didn’t do it all by myself,” Davis said after Monday’s 74-69 win at Mackey Arena.

Coulee Region sports fans have known Davis’s capabilities for years, but now in the Big Ten, the Central grad has reached another level of dominance, and head coach Greg Gard knows how Davis has done it.

“His physical development,” Gard said. “That’s allowed him to do those things. He’s bigger, stronger, faster. I think he can continue to get stronger, but that’s the biggest thing.”

Davis is currently averaging 22 points, seven rebounds, and over two assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor.