UW’s Davis joins short list of NBA top 25 picks from state schools


“With the 10th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select … Johnny Davis, Wisconsin.”

With that announcement, Badgers’ guard Johnny Davis became the fourth player from a Wisconsin-based college since 2000 to be chosen with a Top 10 pick in an NBA Draft. He joined Dwyane Wade (5th in 2003), Devin Harris (5th in 2004) and Frank Kaminsky (9th in 2015).

Based on the history of the NBA Draft (1947-2022) presented on the basketball-reference.com website, there have been 21 players from schools located in Wisconsin that were chosen with one of the first 25 selections of an NBA Draft. Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin each have 10, while UW-Stevens Point saw Terry Porter get drafted with the 24th pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

Here is a look at the players from Wisconsin-located colleges who were chosen in an NBA Draft within the first 25 picks.


Dwyane Wade, 5th pick in 2003

Butch Lee, 10th pick in 1978

Terry Rand, 11th pick in 1956

Don Kojis, 13th pick in 1961

Maurice Lucas, 14th pick in 1974

Dean Meminger, 16th pick in 1971

Bo Ellis, 17th pick in 1977

Henry Ellenson, 18th pick in 2016

Earl Tatum, 21st pick in 1976

Larry McNeil, 25th pick in 1973

University of Wisconsin

Glen Selbo, 2nd pick in 1947

Don Rehfeldt, 2nd pick in 1950

Devin Harris, 5th pick in 2004

Frank Kaminsky, 9th pick in 2015

Johnny Davis, 10th pick in 2022

Al Henry, 12th pick in 1970

Wes Matthews, 14th pick in 1980

Sam Dekker, 18th pick in 2015

Paul Grant, 20th pick in 1997

Michael Finley, 21st pick in 1995

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Terry Porter, 24th pick in 1985

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee just missed having their first Top 25 pick in the NBA Draft this year. One-and-Done player Patrick Baldwin Jr. was selected in this draft with the 28th pick of the Golden State Warriors.

One final stat: Of the 21 players from Wisconsin-located colleges listed above who were Top 25 draft choices, the player that played in the most career NBA games was Terry Porter with 1,274. Michael Finley tops all University of Wisconsin players with 1,103 NBA games, while Dwyane Wade leads Marquette University players with 1,054 NBA contests played.