Johnny Davis selected No. 10 overall by Washington

MADISON – After watching Johnny Davis help Wisconsin win the Maui Invitational in November, Greg Gard suspected Davis’ second season at UW would be his last in college and his next stop would be the NBA.

“When he played well for three games and dominated some good teams,” Gard said, “you kind of knew.”

Davis ’rapid rise – from key reserve as a freshman to All-American as a sophomore to first-round draft pick – became reality Thursday night in Brooklyn.

The Washington Wizards selected Davis with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, making Davis the first UW player drafted since 2015.

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis dunks against Colgate in a first-round game of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 18.

Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker were taken in the first round that year, with Kaminsky going No. 9 overall to Charlotte and Dekker going No. 18 overall to Houston.

“My insides just lit up,” Davis said when asked what it was like to hear his name called. “I was very excited for that moment.

“I had been waiting for a long time, and more importantly, I’m really happy that my parents and my family are here to celebrate it with me.”

What does Davis plan to purchase with his first NBA paycheck?

“I’ll probably buy a car,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing against anybody in the league. They are there for a reason.”

Davis is the 10th UW player to be taken in the first round.

“We haven’t had anybody like that since Devin in terms of speed and quickness,” Gard said, referring to Devin Harris, the No. 5 pick in the 2004 draft. “And he has an assassin’s mindset. Not much fazes him, or at least he doesn’t show it if it does. ”

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