After recently joining the transfer portal, former Ewing-recruit Javian Davis has announced his “Top 6,” which included the Georgetown Hoyas, among others. The 6’9” forward transfer may have to sit a year-in-residency prior to his 3 remaining years of eligibility.
Davis is considering Georgetown, along with Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, Wake Forest, Xavier, and Tulane, as well as potentially staying with Alabama.
Upon his announcement to enter the transfer portal, Sports Illustrated reported that, last year at Alabama, as a redshirt freshman, Davis appeared in 31 games and started 14 while averaging 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. SI also noted that three other players have left Tuscaloosa (I know the feeling). Davis lost 40+ pounds and two pants’ sizes before last season.
The key difference between Davis and the other 25+ transfers that Georgetown had “reached out to” over the off-season is that Ewing had previously recruited Davis, and presumably has rekindled the relationship.
Davis was heavily recruited by Georgetown in 2017 and ultimately picked Alabama and Avery Johnson over the Hoyas. Avery Johnson is long gone.
Also known as Javian Davis-Fleming, Davis told the Clarion Ledger back then that it was a tough decision picking between Alabama and Georgetown, chiefly because of Patrick Ewing. The Ledger relayed that he “had developed a great relationship with the hall-of-famer, and playing for the legendary big man was something he wanted.”
Having a prior recruiting relationship with Ewing and the staff seems interesting to say the least, but even with a “Top 6,” the more southern schools might be able to woo him. For instance, in April, Davis retweeted commitments of two Tulane recruits. Plus, Davis’ original announcement of entering the transfer portal did his best to preserve his opportunity to come back to Alabama.
Javian Davis has 7 points to start the 2nd half! pic.twitter.com/lFYfA8qcOh— Crimson Crossover (@CrimsonXover) November 12, 2019
Kira/Javian transition ball screen pic.twitter.com/kRQeM8cVvA— Bama Basketball Film Room (@BamaFilmRoom) April 14, 2020
Javian Davis practices 3s from the top of the key. pic.twitter.com/cPDNfFk40a— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) March 11, 2020