The all-state forward claimed offers from the Cajuns, Chattanooga, Southern Miss, Southeastern Louisiana and SIU-Edwardsville and interest from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. He plans to sign a binding national letter of intent with the Cajuns during the NCAA’s early signing period, which is April 15 to May 20.
“When I talked with him one of the things he expressed was how comfortable he was with their coaching style and style of play,” Provine coach Otis Gaines said of Davis. “He feels like with his skill set he will really fit in there and make an immediate impact if he puts in the work.”
Named to the Clarion-Ledger’s preseason Dandy Dozen list of Mississippi’s top 12 players, Davis led Provine to the Class 6A state semifinals for the third straight season after averaging 24.6 points and 11 rebounds as a senior. The 6-foot-6, 224-pound forward made the Clarion-Ledger’s all-state second team and had 10 points in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic on March 20.
“One thing that’s really helped him is he started as a post player, so he knows how to play in the post,” Gaines said. “Now that he’s making the transition into a wing player, he has the ability to exploit players. He can go around bigger players, post up smaller players and knows how to use his strong body and wide base to move around inside and get rebounds. His game has kind of evolved into something like a poor man’s Paul Pierce.”
In late February, the versatile Davis scored 35 points in a playoff-opening win over Harrison Central with Cajuns coach Bob Marlin in attendance. He added 20 points and 16 rebounds in a loss to Madison Central in the Class 6A semifinals.
“They like how I’m versatile and play inside and outside,” Davis told the Cajun Redzone last week about Marlin and the Cajuns. “They also like that I play with a lot of intensity and toughness on the court.”
Davis — an academic qualifier who as a junior averaged 18.4 points and 10.9 rebounds and made the all-state third team — traveled to the Chattanooga campus in late February. He visited the Cajuns when they played Evansville in the CIT quarterfinals on March 26.
“One of the biggest things they told me they like about him was that he has a college-ready body,” Gaines said of the Cajuns coaching staff. “They also like how he’s able to grab a lot of rebounds out of his area and should be able to be a mismatch problem because he can play the 2, 3, and 4 positions for them.”
“With the way they get up and down the court he should be able to fill several voids on the floor because he knows what to do when the ball is in his hands,” Gaines said. “I feel confident he’ll go in and make a niche for himself in that program. Hopefully, he’ll give them what they need to get over the hump and back into the (NCAA) tournament.”
Gaines added that Davis is more than just a quality basketball player. He’s also a quality young man and student.
“Jerekius has a very kindred spirit, is very humble and a great teammate,” Gaines said. “His mom did a great job raising him. He’s going to be a pleasant kid in the locker room and will get his work done in the classroom. He’s going to be ready to play.”
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