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Wisconsin’s Davis Wins Gold With Team USA

Wisconsin basketball’s Jonathan Davis is returning to Madison for his sophomore season as a champion. Davis, a member of Team USA’s U19 team, competed at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia. Team USA won gold on Sunday. The U.S. defeated France, 83-81, during Sunday’s final game to take home the gold. 

Davis and his team went undefeated in the world tournament, winning all seven games they competed in. Team USA defeated Australia, Mali, and Turkey in the group stage. In addition, they recorded wins over Korea, Senegal, and Canada in the knockout round before Sunday’s final against France. 

Davis, a La Crosse native, recorded his best performance of the tournament against Korea. He scored 9 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in 17 minutes. He shot 3-4 from the floor, including going perfect from behind the arc, hitting both of his 3-point attempts. 

Davis is the first Badger to win a gold medal with USA Basketball in almost a decade. Sam Dekker was the last to do so as part of the USA U18 national team in the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship. 

Davis is poised for a breakout season in Madison. Though only a sophomore, Davis is one of the more experienced Badgers who will take the court this year. His experiences this summer in Latvia will only help him and his team this fall. Congrats, Johnny and Team USA!


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