The Badgers picked up some good news yesterday with the announcement that 6'3" point guard Brad Davison has verbally committed to the Badgers program. The 6'3" guard is a Minnesota native that was recruited heavily by the Badgers and ultimately chose the program over a laundry list of other schools, including Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern (all of which had extended scholarship offers).
Davison is currently by Rivals as the 119th best recruiting in the 2017 class and is the third recruit to verbally commit to Wisconsin so far for 2017. Also currently committed is four-star power forward Nathan Reuvers, ranked 108th in the nation by Rivals, and three-star shooting guard Kobe King, ranked 141st in the nation. The combination of Davison and King will give head coach Greg Gard both a point and a shooting guard in his 2017 class, providing for a solid foundation in the backcourt heading into the future.
While Davison is rated as a three-star prospect per Rivals, both 247Sports and Scout list him as a four-star recruit, with 247Sports listing him as the 20th best point guard in the 2017 recruiting class (90th overall). Davison has been a hot commodity as of late, mainly thanks to an impressive performance for AAU team Howard Pulley this summer. His recent rise in recruiting has led to a ton of additional offers, including Butler, Dayton, North Carolina State and Stanford. Throughout the summer Davison had averaged 17 points per game for Howard Pulley, while shooting an impressive 43.5% from three.
Rene Pulley, the owner of the Howard Pulley AAU program, has been relatively high on Davison and even alludes to the possibility of Davison being a combo guard instead of a pure point guard.
"Earlier in his career, there were some people were trying to pigeon hole him as to what position he was, is he a 1, is he a 2? I just kept telling everybody he’s a basketball player that can play both positions and play them well," mentioned Pulley.
The founder and owner of Howard Pulley is definitely familiar with the Badgers, with his AAU team sending a number of players to Wisconsin, including Jordan Taylor, Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz.
“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," stated Pulley.
Now with three commits for 2017, it is expected that Greg Gard and the Badgers will likely keep that fourth scholarship open and save it for later. The addition of Davison will give Gard plenty to work as he built a relatively strong recruiting class for 2017 in Madison.