La Crosse, Wisc. (WXOW)- Over the weekend, La Crosse Central’s Johnny and Jordan Davis gave verbal commitments to play basketball at the University of Wisconsin.
“It’s a dream come true,” Johnny and Jordan’s father Mark Davis said. “To be able to play in your home state, it’s even better.”
Wisconsin offered Johnny in December of 2017. It was one of nine division one basketball offers for the first team all-state junior. As for Jordan, football coaches were recruiting him harder than basketball coaches. In turn, they were starting to come to terms with having to go their separate way for college. That was until Wisconsin Head Coach Greg Gard offered Jordan a scholarship earlier this month.
“My goal for Jonathan and Jordan when they were born was to play basketball at the highest level in college, and when the Wisconsin opportunity came for the both of them, we just had to take it,” Mark said. “We had to take it.”
“It was really exciting because I knew we were going to get the chance to go to the same school together in our home state and play with each other,” Johnny added.
The Davis’ let Head Coach Greg Gard know of their decision last night after a tournament they were playing in at the Kohl Center.
“Coach Gard invited us up to his room to talk you know because we wanted to tell him that we were going to be playing for him,” Johnny said.
“Him and Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft, they all jumped up and were all excited and all clapped their hands saying ‘welcome to the family’,” Jordan added.
For Johnny who had plenty of options, Wisconsin always stood out during the recruiting process.
“They put a lot of time and commitment into recruiting us,” Johnny said. “You know getting us to come to school there and just to show I know that payed off for them and how happy they were, it was great to see that.”
Coach Gard has high hopes for what the brothers can bring to the program.
“He said he thinks we can bring a lot of athleticism and a lot more effort on the defensive end,”Johnny said.
Coach Gard also mentioned their chemistry with current Badger Kobe King. King played with the Davis brothers at La Crosse Central during the 2017 state championship season. King has long believed Wisconsin is the best fit for them.
“I mean he always said go Wisconsin, so I mean he was a big supporter in that,” Jordan mentioned.
“This was just the tip of the iceberg for them to play together at Central,”Mark said. “To be nationally known how good of a basketball player Kobe, Johnny, and Jo are is just exciting to wait for the opportunity to see it.”
A relieving feeling for the Davis brothers, but with one more year of high school their focus is on one thing.
“I mean you know we’re not going to be focusing on where we are going to be next year,” Johnny said. “We are just going to focus on getting a gold ball.”