The whole state has been standing by awaiting the announcement of where the top prospect in this year’s recruiting cycle will land. In the end, after pushing his commitment date up from Halloween, JD Davison has announced his commitment to the University of Alabama over Auburn, Kansas, LSU, Memphis and Michigan. Davison is the highest rated prospect and the biggest recruiting win to date for Nate Oats. Davison has been recruited by Alabama since before Oats accepted the Alabama job in March of 2019, and Coach Antoine Pettway has actively recruited Davison for quite some time now. Davison is ranked by the 247sports Composite Rankings as the best point guard in the class of 2021 and the 9th overall player.
Davison is a huge get for many reasons. To begin with, landing the top talent in the state is always a big win – specifically when the player is one of Davison’s caliber. Davison gives Alabama a talented point guard who is arguably the most athletic and energizing high-schooler in the class, a talented passer with great vision, a guard with a tight handle, and a player with unlimited upside on both sides of the ball. Davison stands at 6’3” and weighs 175 lbs— so he has great size for his position. Add his size with his vision and creation ability and he will be able to do wonders with the fast-paced, spaced-out offense that Alabama runs. The shooters on Alabama’s roster are going to love playing with Davison as he will create easy looks continuously for them. If you don’t help on Davison’s drives in order to prevent shooters from having good looks, then you are in for a long night given his athleticism and finishing ability. He is known for his monstrous dunks both in transition and in half-court sets, but he is able to finish crafty layups and finish over bigger defenders. He gets to the rim at will so this is an important attribute to have. The jump shot has only continued to improve over the years so there is no reason to believe it will no longer continue on that trajectory over his senior season and collegiate career. The continuous improvement of his jump shot is what unlocks his potential on the offensive end. In the AAU events he was able to play in this spring and summer, Davison showed off the improvements he’s made in the past year where he was able to hit many self-created 3-point shots— whether it be off of a pull-up or on a step-back. He is great at finishing and creating for others and developing a high-level jump shot will make him an even more complete and unstoppable player.
On the defensive side of the ball, Davison is already ready to contribute on the college level. He does a great job of staying in front of ball handlers to make it hard for them to attack the rim and has active hands to make life hard for offensive players. With his length and athleticism, he is also one of the best shot blockers for his position. He narrows passing lanes as well as he times passes well to shoot the gap and create transition opportunities for him and his team. I expect Davison to only improve on the defensive end with college coaching. His upside defensively would make him a lockdown defender that you can throw at other team’s best guards, which is something that is needed at the guard position from Alabama with one of the nation’s top guard and wing defenders Herb Jones graduating after this season.
Davison joins 4-star Jusaun Holt as commits in Alabama’s 2021 class. I would expect Alabama to land at least one or two more commitments in this cycle. This is already a great start to the 2021 class in what has the potential to be a top 5 to 10 class. A few, but not all, of the prospects still on the board are Caleb Houstan, Charles Bediako, Langston Wilson, and Wesley Cardet among others. One thing is already clear about this class: Coach Oats and company are going to get long, skilled, and athletic players who bring multiple things to the table on each side of the ball. All have skillsets that fit Nate Oats’ fast-paced style well. All have plenty of untapped potential on both sides of the ball.
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