5-star point guard JD Davison announces commitment to Alabama

Nick Alvarez
Montgomery Advertiser

A look at Calhoun basketball standout JD Davison

The wait is finally over. After much speculation, JD Davison is going to Alabama

Davison, the ninth-best prospect and top-ranked point guard per 247Sports, released a video on social media Saturday announcing his decision. 

The 6-foot-3 guard is coming off an historic campaign. He averaged 30.4 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and four blocks a contest. He led Calhoun to a Class 2A title, earning a first-team distinction. He was a two-time All-Metro player of the year. And he's four points away from 2,000 total. 

"JD Davison probably has one of the highest basketball IQs you're ever going to see in a high school player," Calhoun coach Ervin Starr said. 

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Scouts have lauded Davison's playmaking and shot creation. He's earned comparisons from national analysts and coaches to Russell Westbrook. Davison has said he wanted to attend a program that complemented his run-and-gun style. And he'll now have a chance to do so with Nate Oats' offense. 

Robert Shannon, co-director of AAU team Alabama Fusion, ranked Davison up there with NBA stars Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker as the best players Shannon has coached and been around. 

After an assistant coach altered Shannon to Davison's talent a few years ago, Shannon walked into a gym for one of his games. He didn't spot Davison at first, but then he saw a player slam down a dunk and knew Davison had a future.

"A lot of times you ask yourself, 'Did he just do that?' And he did." Shannon said. "He's just a special kid." 

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Fusion co-director Ava Herndon was immediately impressed by Davison's passing ability. He sees shooters and sequences before even coaches do, she said. Davison ran the Fusion's motion, dribble-drive offense as the primary ball-handler. He's since worked on his jump shot to complete his arsenal and transition to the next level. 

The first time Herndon saw Davison play, he looked passive. He deferred shots to his teammates. Herndon approached Davison and asked him, "Are you going to prove you're the best player in this gym?" 

Davison then took over, cutting, driving and dribbling his way to the rim. He showed the type of player he can be. The next step will take place in Tuscaloosa.

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