- Brad Davison’s college career is over, or so we thought.
- Wisconsin announced that he is returning for a sixth year on Friday, but it also happened to come on April Fool’s Day.
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Brad Davison was one of college basketball’s biggest villains over the last five years. The Wisconsin guard has been a strongly-disliked heel in the NCAA since he arrived in Madison and continuously infuriated non-Badger fans.
He has been called a dirty player on multiple occasions after some very questionable incidents.
— Andy Habhegger (@Habby831) February 7, 2019
If you want to defend Brad Davison I guess that's cool but also he definitely punched this dude in the nutspic.twitter.com/beI9rBrzIS
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) January 28, 2020
And he was always amongst the “loudest” players on the collegiate level.
I guess Brad Davison is upset he won't be singing Varsity tonight 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/uhDck9JIAO
— Swanky Wolverine (@swankywolverine) March 12, 2022
This is a flop. Markell Johnson is 170 pounds soaking wet. Brad Davison reacts like he stepped on a landmine.
A year later, it's still embarrassing for the kid, the announcer (relax, buddy) and the referees. pic.twitter.com/dacQgXAPOm
— Joe Giglio (@giglio_OG) December 3, 2019
Everywhere Davison went, a visceral reaction typically followed.
NC State giving Brad Davison HELL early in PNC Arena pic.twitter.com/Ny63ONQHGX
— WolfpackNation (@NCSUFans) December 5, 2019
Needless to say, Davison was not well-liked. But there is no denying that he can hoop.
UNC can’t stop Brad Davison 😯
He has 27 PTS | 5-7 3PM pic.twitter.com/th1wJCeEv9
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 20, 2021
And there is no denying that he is a tough player.
💪 doesn’t describe it!
Brad Davison has game even after getting his shoulder popped out of place…pic.twitter.com/VM4WZiRiO6
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) February 25, 2018
No matter what people think of him, Davison doesn’t really care.
Wisconsin's Brad Davison takes a lot of crap from a lot of people. He knows it, but he doesn't care. His response for how he wants people to remember his Badgers career: "I just hope people remember me as a great teammate, great leader and great friend."pic.twitter.com/WBSl7E7TwE
— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) March 21, 2022
Davison has been at the forefront of college basketball as one of the sport’s biggest villains over the last four years, but his career was supposed to a close with a loss in the NCAA Tournament. However, on Friday morning, Wisconsin announced that he was returning for a sixth season.
The post looked very, very real.
Wisconsin guard Brad Davison has been granted a sixth year of eligibility and will return to Wisconsin for the 2022-23 seasonhttps://t.co/eQy6K4zNhk
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) April 1, 2022
Here is how Wisconsin’s official announcement on Davison returning for year six read:
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin men’s basketball guard Brad Davison has been granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and will return to Wisconsin for the 2022-23 season. Davison was awarded a medical hardship for his 2017-18 season that was marred by a reoccurring shoulder injury.
“I’ve said all along that it’s been my dream to be a college basketball player and compete at the University of Wisconsin and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have one more season in the red and white,” Davison said. “I also want to thank Coach Gard for welcoming me back again and again and again and can’t wait to get start a new chapter with my teammates and staff.”
Davison, a native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, is scheduled to earn his master’s degree in May and will immediately start pursuing his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.
“We’re thrilled to be able to have Brad on our roster for another season,” head coach Greg Gard said. “Brad has always said he wants to squeeze every drop out of the college experience and I guess he wasn’t kidding. We’ve never had a player go through three Senior Days.”
Davison will enter his sixth season ranked sixth in school history with 1,827 career points and already holds the UW records for career games played (160), starts (156) and minutes (5,147). A second-team All-Big Ten selection this season, Davison is one of just four players in Wisconsin history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists, joining Michael Finley, Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ.
In response to the announcement, some college basketball fans were very upset. Others had jokes.
— John Rohrig (@stitch414) April 1, 2022
— Chris Cesar (@Cesar_Chris) April 1, 2022
if im wrong im sorry but he can’t play any more right ? to use the 6 years you need to be red shirted at some point. he was never red shirted. he used all 4 of his years plus his covid year . pic.twitter.com/LuKBdCWEGq
— Andrew Poppa (@andrewpoppa3) April 1, 2022
This is sickening to even joke about tbh
— Ryan (@SpartanRyan) April 1, 2022
Is he trying to play with his grandchildren?
— Billy Wave 2200 (@2200Wave) April 1, 2022
— Rob Branscum (@therobbranscum5) April 1, 2022
— #ai_Q (@statFutures) April 1, 2022
yeah people arent realizing that and thats the funny part its legit on their website
— Jeremiah Schaefer (@JeremiahSS185) April 1, 2022
No, it would be 6 if this wasn't a joke. He never had a redshirt season and was granted one extra year due to covid. Not that it matters though lol
— Katie (@katiesstr) April 1, 2022
It was Wisconsin and Davison who got the last laugh.
The whole thing was an April Fool’s joke. Davison will not be returning for a sixth year.
The Badgers knew that the fake announcement — which looks very real — would get a rise out of basketball fans and it did. Much of the college basketball world bought the prank hook, line and sinker.
Ultimately, it was all a big joke. Davison took to twitter and addressed the prank.
All love Badger Family ❤️🙌🏼
— Brad Davison (@braddavi34) April 1, 2022
Don’t worry, Davison is gone. You may rest easy.