Wisconsin standout Johnny Davis announced his decision Thursday to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft, becoming just the latest likely lottery talent to enter the fast-growing pool of prospects for the draft cycle. A consensus All-American as a sophomore and the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, the 6-foot-5 star for the Badgers has a chance to break into the top five of this year’s draft.
“It has been absolutely everything to be able to play here at the University of Wisconsin, especially growing up here in Wisconsin,” said Davis in a Twitter post. “Taking that jersey off the last time hurt a lot, but I know no matter what this place will always be home for me.”
Davis, a CBS Sports First-Team All-America selection, averaged 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for Wisconsin a breakout season after averaging only 7.0 points and 4.1 boards per game while coming off the bench in 2020. His star turn transformed Wisconsin’s fortunes, too, as it went from a No. 9 seed in the tournament a year ago to a shared Big Ten regular-season title (with Illinois) and a No. 3 seed this year.
Davis’ size, scoring ability, defense and willingness to thrive in the mid-range make his game as NBA-ready as any of this year’s lottery prospects, which could help his stock in the coming months. He currently ranks fifth on the CBS Sports Top 60 Big Board and is sixth in our latest mock to the Sacramento Kings.