What 5-star point guard JD Davison said about Alabama basketball a few weeks before he arrives
"I'll arrive on campus May 23 and just start everything May 24th, summer courses and summer workouts and all that," Davison said. "Just to get comfortable and all that and just to be there so I can be working and not be just outside with all the other stuff."
The 6-foot-3 senior is the No. 2 point guard, and No. 12 overall prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. He averaged 32.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He led Calhoun School to the state semifinals and scored 45 points in his final high school game.
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The two-time AHSAA Class 2A Mr. Basketball winner signed with Alabama in November. His hometown of Letohatchie, Alabama, is about an hour-and-a-half away from Tuscaloosa. He said he picked Alabama because of how close it is and its style of play.
"That’s home and then you’ve got the play style. You’ve got to go somewhere where you can rock out and have fun and play your game," Davison said. "So I just went there because of the play style, fast, shooters around me and all that. And I know (Alabama Coach Nate) Oates is going to let me play and have fun."
He's also looking forward to building on the Crimson Tide's success from this past season. Alabama's 2021 recruiting class is ranked No. 7 in the country and No. 2 in the SEC.
"We won the SEC and the SEC Tournament and went to the Sweet 16," Davison said. "I’m just planning on doing it all again and going even further than the Sweet 16."
Davison is one of 30 players selected for this week's Iverson Classic All-American game at Bartlett. He said that he's enjoying being back in Memphis and getting one last look against major competition before heading to Tuscaloosa.
"It’s good just to come out here and play basketball with the pandemic and all the other stuff we’ve been dealing with," Davison said. "So it feels good to come out here and compete against the top players in the country.
"Being 17-18 years old in front of NBA scouts with everybody trying to go is just amazing to think about. It’s just really good for everyone out there."