Johnny Davis selected the overall number 10 from 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 knew that.”

Davis’s rapid rise – from key reserve as a freshman to All-American as a second-year choice of round one – became a reality Thursday night in Brooklyn.

The Washington Wizards selected Davis as their number 10 pick overall in the 2022 NBA draft, making Davis the first UW player to enlist 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 caught in the first round that year, with Kaminsky going to overall number 9 in Charlotte and Dekker to overall number 18 in 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’ve been waiting for a long time and, above all, I’m really happy that my parents and my family are here to celebrate it with me.”

What does Davis intend to buy with his first NBA salary?

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

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

“We haven’t had anyone like that since Devin in terms of speed and speed,” Gard said, referring to Devin Harris, the No. 5 pick in the 2004 draft. “And he’s got a killer mentality. He doesn’t much upset him, or at least he doesn’t show it if he does.

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