Davis Looks to Narrow List, Find Destination

Jackson Davis, 2014 forward from Lexington (KY), looks forward to off-season circuit, Kentucky Mr. Basketball award ceremony, visits, and making a decision.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - As seasons are coming to a close for schools across the country, their focus will turn soley to recruiting and finishing up the class of 2014.

One of the mostly highly sought after recruits remaining in the Lexington (KY) Lafayette High School forward Jackson Davis.

Growing up in the basketball-crazed city of Lexington, Jackson has followed basketball at Kentucky for quite some time, but recently became enamored with the game on a national level.

"(I followed) mainly UK (Kentucky)," Davis said, "But recently, in the past two or three years, I just started loving all college basketball."

His love for the game has translated into quality work ethic and success on the court for himself. The 6-foot 8 forward had a great year for the Generals, averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds per game this season.

Lafayette finished 19-11, but was upset in the first round of 11th region Tournament 64-63 by Henry Clay (KY).

With the impressive display on the court, Davis has drawn interest from around the country. After being committed to Rice, Davis de-committed this spring, which resulted in more interest and multiple new offers.

Davis currently has offers from Alabama, Boston College, Butler, Central Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Rice, Vanderbilt, and William & Mary.

With a myriad of offers, Davis says a few schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"Probably Vandy, Butler, Alabama, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State," Davis said.

Davis was planning to begin to narrow down his list this week, but hasn't been able to really sit down and analyze his options to the degree that he would like.

"Kind of," Davis explained. "We actually ended up being really busy this week, so we haven't gotten a chance to really sit down, but have it kind of narrow down, but haven't released it yet."

One of the schools high on Davis' list is Butler. The Bulldogs have recruited him a few times with the most recent contact resulting in a scholarship offer from first year head coach Brandon Miller.

"My freshman or sophomore year," Davis said of the first time he was recruited by Butler. "Then I didn't really talk to anyone for about a year. Then towards the end of the summer I started to get a little bit of contact. I think they contacted me a couple times and nothing really came of it, and then the last time they offered me."

Davis' parents have been involved in handling a lot of phone calls and contact from coaches including Butler's Chris Holtmann and Miller.

"I don't talk to the coaches directly, but my parents talk to them," Davis said. "They love Butler. They think it is a great school and it would be a great situation for me and I should highly consider it and I have. I know they have a great business school, I'm looking to study business. They have a great basketball tradition. It is just a great school."

Davis has taken official visits to Columbia and Rice, and with his season coming to an end, he plans to take his other three official visits soon.

"As soon as possible," Davis said. "We just have been really busy. Next week I know I'm really packed. Even though i'm not in the state tournament I have Mr Basketball on Tuesday, I'm actually getting the All-Region award at the state tournament."

Davis is a finalist for the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award along with six other seniors including 2014 Butler-signee Kelan Martin. Winning the award would be special for Davis.

"I knew I was going to be a finalist," Davis explained,"but I have a really good chance at it and it is really exciting. It would be awesome. I would be next to some of the best basketball players in Kentucky history. That's a really big deal if you look at the list."

While narrowing his list, taking visits, and eventually choosing his final destination, Davis has a few criteria in mind.

"One of the big things is the coaches at the school and I want to be comfortable," Davis explained. "I'm not going to want to come home or feel like I don't fit in or something like that. That's a big thing. Also somewhere that has good academics along with a great basketball program, as my ultimate goal is to play professionally in the NBA. My parents said that they would come see me, at least my dad, wherever I would go. I mean as far as location, I was committed to Rice before."

Davis is looking to narrow down his choices in the next week or so, and then ultimately come to a decision shortly after that.

"I probably won't get a chance to make it until close to the final Signing Day. Hopefully about a week or two before I sign."

Butler currently has two signees in the class of 2014, Kelan Martin (KY) and Tyler Wideman (IN).


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