Alabama basketball guard JD Davison's hair: He's been working on it since second grade
The freshman guard has a big head of hair that's hard to miss, and that's not by accident. He's been working on it since second grade.
That's the last time he had his hair shaved off. Briefly, though. It started growing back, and he didn't try to stop it. It's been growing back ever since. He's had maintenance done on it since then but not a complete haircut like second grade.
The Letohatchee, Ala., native will have his can't-miss hair on display as he takes part in March Madness. Alabama (19-13) begins play in the NCAA Tournament with a matchup against Notre Dame at 3:15 p.m. CT on Friday at Viejas Arena.
"My mom just kept telling me I had good hair and stuff like that," Davison told The Tuscaloosa News. "She was just like, 'You should keep it' or whatever. I just let it grow out and colored it and all that."
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The hair has been growing for years, but the color is somewhat newer. He started dying it in high school. He first tried blond. He even went red at one point. Davison eventually decided that he was much more of a fan of the blond, and he's stuck with it ever since.
It's not just one shade of blond. Davison's got three different shades in his hair.
And all of that blond hair flows in the wind when he speeds down the court.
"I think it makes me move a little bit faster," Davison said. "It looked better in pictures, too."
Hard to argue there. However, pictures can't do justice to the effect his hair adds live when he's sprinting toward the basket or posterizing an opponent.
Most of his dunks would be impressive even if he still had a buzz cut. But with the bouncy hair he does have, his highlight-reel-worthy jams only get better.
With his hair on display for Alabama fans, he has averaged 8.5 points, 0.9 steals, 4.2 assists, 2.8 turnovers, 4.8 rebounds and 25.5 minutes over 32 games this season.
No matter what his immediate future holds, whether he stays for another season or heads to the NBA Draft, the future of his hair is pretty certain. He won't likely be cutting it anytime soon.
"I'd kind of say this is my identity because when people see it, they automatically know it's JD," Davison said. "They run up and ask for pictures and all that."
There are times when he doesn't let his hair run completely free, though. When Davison gets it washed, he has to put it in a high-top bun. Otherwise, it would all be in his face. So he puts it up to be able to play.
Davison doesn't like to have to restrict the masterpiece that's years in the making, though.
"It’s just the fun part," Davison said, "when you are running and it’s just flying back."
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