It’s been quite the year for Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis. The sophomore from La Crosse, Wisconsin went from a freshman bench player to an Associated Press (AP) first-team All-American in one season. The AP announced their honorees Tuesday.
Davis’s emergence as one of the best players in the country is one of the biggest reasons Wisconsin won the regular season Big Ten title after being picked to finish 10th of 14 teams in the preseason. Averaging 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds a game this season, Davis leads Wisconsin in points, rebounds, and assists per game.
Davis — the Big Ten Player of the Year — received 57 of 60 first-place votes. He joins Frank Kaminsky (2015) and Alando Tucker (2007) as the only UW players to be named first-team AP All-Americans.
Wisconsin AP First-Team All-Americans
Alando Tucker (2007)
Frank Kaminsky (2015)
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The Big Ten is well represented on this year’s AP first team. Joining Davis are fellow conference standouts Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) and Keegan Murray (Iowa). In addition, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe and Kansas’s Ochai Agbaji received first team honors.
After receiving the 3-seed in the Midwest region on Selection Sunday, Davis and the Badgers are looking to make a run in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin (24-7) will play 14th seeded Colgate (23-11) in the first round of the tournament Friday in Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum. Tip off is set for 8:50 p.m.