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Wisconsin star Johnny Davis is only hours away from hearing his name in the NBA Draft and making his dream of playing professional basketball come true.

Davis is expected to be selected as a top 10-12 pick on Thursday night. He told Fox News Digital that he was really looking forward to the event and was taking care of all his pre-draft duties.

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NBA prospect Johnny Davis poses during the 2022 NBA Draft Combine Circuit on May 17, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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“As busy as my days are, I kind of enjoy it. Just knowing that’s probably how my life is going to be from now on. Just traveling places, doing this, doing that,” Davis said. . “But I’m really looking forward to Thursday, especially having my family and friends with me. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and really exciting.”

Davis averaged 19.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31 games with the Badgers last season. He was the 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year and a Consensus All-American. The strong season has propelled him to draft boards and mock drafts and there’s hope he can be an integral part of any team.

When asked what the 20-year-old would miss in Wisconsin, he said he was mostly close to his family.

NBA Draft 2022: Johnny Davis “excited” to start, he will miss the closeness to his family

Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis dribbles during the first round of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament against Colgate on March 18, 2022 in Milwaukee.
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“I’m going to miss a lot of things about Wisconsin. It was just great to be in my home country. I live about two hours from campus. I was going to school and every Whenever I had free time, I would go home and see my family. I would say being closer to my family is something I really miss the most,” he said.

Davis could be picked by the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder or somewhere before No. 10 or after No. 12.

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Either way, he told Fox News Digital that he would bring a winning attitude and mindset to any team that takes him on.

“A lot of people didn’t choose Wisconsin to be as good as we were last year, to win as many games as we did. I think winning 25 games in all circumstances in any what a college season is really good. I would just say that winning mentality and that winning culture,” he said.

NBA Draft 2022: Johnny Davis “excited” to start, he will miss the closeness to his family

Johnny Davis of the Badgers takes on the Iowa State Cyclones during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Fiserv Forum on March 20, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Davis also teamed up with Panini America ahead of the draft. He said it suited him perfectly because he collected basketball cards when he was younger.

“Certainly. I used to collect cards a bit when I was younger. Me and my team, every time we went to play a tournament in this place called the Wisconsin Dells, they had a little shop with slab cards, which I hung in my room actually at my house in La Crosse. Hopefully I can get one up there,” he said.

Davis added that he would round up anyone he deemed good enough to be on his wall.

“Just anybody I thought was good. I know I’d get one like Steve Nash, David Robinson, Pete Maravich. Just anybody I thought was good at the time and was worth it to be on my wall.”

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The NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at Barclays Center.


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