While I was cooking dinner (rigatoni, for those of you wondering), Wisconsin prep basketball reporter Evan Flood let us know that the Golden Eagles have offered a scholarship to Class of 2020 guard Johnny Davis.
Of course, I don’t want to Jon Rothstein the place up here, so I have to point out that Flood was beaten to the punch by Davis himself, who had tweeted the news out a minute earlier.
Davis is listed at 6’4” and 185 pounds by 247 Sports. He attends La Crosse Central High School in — wait for it — La Crosse, Wisconsin. He’s the third player in the Wisconsin Class of 2020 group to pick up a scholarship offer from Marquette, after Jalen Johnson and Jamari Sibley, the two top 100 players in the state.
Davis is a three-star prospect according to the 247 Sports Composite system. He’s ranked #169 in the country there, and past that, things get a little confusing. 247 lists him as a shooting guard under “Prospect Info” but when it comes to positional ranking, they’ve got him as a combo guard. That’s where he turns up at #14, so it looks like the combo notation is the most accurate one.
Things continue to get complicated from there, as Davis is the #4 prospect in the state of Wisconsin. You’ll remember that a moment ago, I mentioned that he’s the third prospect in the state in the Class of 2020 to get an offer from MU. That means we skipped someone, and the someone in question is Davis’ twin brother Jordan. He’s a 6’4”, 190 pound small forward, ranked #137 in the country and #3 in the state. Yes, that’s just slightly higher on the recruiting rankings than Johnny. I don’t know why Marquette hasn’t offered Jordan but is now offering Johnny, but here we are. My biggest guess is that MU has a lot of offers out to small forwards in 2020 right now, and seeing as those guys are all rated higher than Jordan (#31 in the country at the position), you can see why MU hasn’t turned their attention to Jordan.
The cynical Marquette fan would, at this point, say that head coach Steve Wojciechowski is probably better off not recruiting both halves of a set of Wisconsin brothers at this point.
It’s only been about three weeks since Marquette first started up contact with Davis, but that’s honestly kind of a long time frame between “first contact” and “scholarship offer” at this point for the Class of 2020. Marquette is one of the bigger offers on Davis’ table at this point, alongside Iowa, West Virginia, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. You can make whatever joke you’d like about his offer from DePaul right..... now.
According to the La Crosse Tribune, Davis averaged 23 points per game as a junior. That output was good enough to help push La Crosse Central to the Wisconsin Division 2 state semifinals. They ended up losing 71-70 in overtime to Milwaukee Washington there, but it wasn’t because Davis had a bad game. He tallied 31 points and eight rebounds in the semifinals.
Here’s a nearly 4 minute highlight clip of Davis during his junior year, published up on YouTube by none other than Mr. Flood himself.
The Class of 2020 has long been an important one for Steve Wojciechowski, given the players in his senior class for the 2019-20 season. However, since the departure of the Hauser brothers in April and Wojciechowski’s recent contract extension that does nothing but give him the time he needs to close the deal with 2020 prospects, the recruiting for that class has gotten a tiiiiiny bit more crucial.
MU already has Symir Torrence committed for the Class of 2020, but it’s possible, perhaps even likely at this point, that Torrence will reclassify to 2019. That still leaves the Golden Eagles with four scholarships opening up for 2020-21, and perhaps a fifth one still sitting open from 2019-20.
Here’s what the scholarship situation looks like right now.