Johnny Davis, from 3-star recruit to projected lottery pick

In advance of NBA draft on June 23, Yahoo Sports will highlight top prospects. Today’s prospect is Watchman Johnny Davis from Wisconsin.

Who is Johnny Davis?

Davis was just a three-star recruit who dropped out of high school, preferring Wisconsin to West Virginia, Iowa and Marquette. Davis, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard, was college basketball’s most-improved player last season. After a strong start to the season, he shot up draft boards and remained consistent throughout the season.

The La Crosse, Wisconsin native averaged 19.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 34 minutes in his sophomore season. His biggest game of the season came in January when he faced potential top-five draft pick Jaden Ivey on the road. Numerous NBA scouts were in the building to see the two talented guards compete. Davis shone on the biggest stage of his season with 37 points (13 of 24), 14 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in the win. He was the best prospect on the pitch in that game and cemented himself as a lottery pick.

MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Johnny Davis #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers shoots against the Colgate Raiders in the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Fiserv Forum on March 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE, WI – MARCH 18: Johnny Davis #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers shoots against the Colgate Raiders in the first half during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Fiserv Forum on March 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Johnny Davis’ strengths as a pro

Davis is a strong primary ball handler who makes good reads when entering the lane. His first step down the wing is solid, making him an intriguing two-way guard who can play both on and off the ball. Davis has a solid grip and averaged just 2.3 turnovers per game over 34 minutes.

One of Davis’ best offensive qualities is the way he positions himself for offensive rebounds. He hit the boards hard all year, giving the Badgers and Davis second chances at the 88th percentile averaging 1.4 points per possession in offensive rebounds, according to Synergy Sports.

Johnny Davis’ questions on the next level

Davis needs to work on his 3-point shooting to the next level and is one of the few reasons he falls in the late lottery.

He scored in just 30% of his 3-point attempts last season and hit at least four three-pointers a game. Despite his low shot percentage from depth, he has strong shooting mechanics with high clearance and can get shots over longer defenders in closeout situations.

What scouts say

NBA teams know exactly what they’re getting after a strong sophomore season in Davis. He’s a dependable guard who can give solid minutes out of the box and has a high basketball IQ while reading defense.

Davis reminds NBA scouts of Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs with his rudeness and how strong he is with the ball on the lane.

“He’s a player who fits into the modern game and can contribute on both sides of the ball,” an NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. “Johnny will thrive at the NBA level with his two-way versatility and patience with the ball in his hands. He’s still growing as a player and has yet to reach his full potential.”

Davis’ draft range is seven to 14 and will likely be a player put into the secondary option from the bench.

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