Alabama Basketball: Crimson Tide Lands Sensational Guard JD Davison

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Alabama Basketball lands the state’s Mr. Basketball, five-star point guard JD Davison of Letohatchee, Alabama, to the 2021 recruiting class.

Head coach Nate Oats is a noteworthy closer. Once again, he and assistant coach Antoine Pettway have delivered a heralded recruit for Alabama basketball.

The six-foot-three, 180-pound point guard JD Davison is the top player in Alabama—and also the top lead guard in the nation after averaging 30.4 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists a game for Calhoun High School. Davison is the highest-rated recruit to play for the Crimson Tide since superstar guard Collin Sexton graced Tuscaloosa.

The 2020 Gatorade Alabama Boys Player of the Year is the second player committed to the Crimson Tide’s 2021 recruiting class alongside four-star forward Jusaun Holt. He switched his announcement date from Halloween to Saturday—his birthday, earlier this week. The final list of teams Davison considered was Kansas, Auburn, LSU, Memphis, and Michigan.

Jerry Meyers, the director of scouting for 247 Sports, assessed Davison’s untapped potential,

"Has a good physical build for a point guard. Extremely athletic. Explosive leaper who specializes in getting to the rim and finishing. Also has great body control and is a creative and adept finisher. Also has a reliable jump shot to keep the defense honest. Sees the court well. Finds the diagonal pass. Has the tools to be a high level perimeter defender and rebounder."

Storied High School Career

Davison led his high school to a state 2A title with a performance for the ages—34 points, ten rebounds, and three steals. Coincidentally, he nailed the cold-blooded game-winner.

Davison’s other accolades include Class 2A Player of the Year and Super All-State Player of the Year.

Alabama Basketball Building A Championship Contender

Coach Oats’ dogged recruiting prowess in adding intricate pieces primes Bama for a future championship run. The twelfth ranked 2020 recruiting class consisted of six solid enrollees– giving the Tide a firm base to build on.

During his introductory press conference, Oats promised a change in culture,

"Continuous growth is one. We’re going to get better every day. We want to be better today than yesterday. We’re going to get guys that want to get in the gym that want to work on their own. If the NCAA only allows us so many hours with the guys, if that’s all the hours they put in, we’re never going to get where we need to get. We’re going to get a culture that they’re in to get better every day."

Oats is delivering on his guarantee by bringing in prime time recruits to compete for SEC superiority.

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Alabama basketball is gearing up for another great season with the return of senior John Petty Jr. and the much-anticipated debut of Jahvon Quinerly. Stay tuned for more Bama Hammer basketball coverage.