Monday, October 28, 2013

Jackson Davis Verbally Commits to Rice; Education a Major Factor

Lafayette High School's Jackson Davis has announced via his twitter account that he has committed to Rice University.

Davis, a 6'8" senior power forward, picked the Owls over Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Princeton, Columbia, Pennsylvania and Harvard.

Jackson's father, Johnathon, played for the University of Kentucky in the early 90s and is excited about the opportunity his son has in Houston playing for Rice.

"Jackson has an opportunity for a world class education," said the elder Davis. "Rice is a nationally ranked research institution that has produced dozens of Fulbright and Rhodes Scholars."  "Jackson intends to initially major in business, then once his basketball career is over, go back and get an additional degree in engineering."

Education is a very important piece to the college puzzle for Jackson, but the basketball side of things also sounds very promising.

Johnathon is optimistic about his son's chances at getting minutes early in his career.

"Rice has an immediate need for a skilled 3/4 player and there is no one on the Owls current roster that plays Jackson's position. They fast break on every opportunity and their primary offensive set is the triangle, which is particularly suited for a bigger skilled player to score."

Johnathon also noted that the relationship with Owls coach Ben Braun and his history of professional players, including several NBA first round picks, played a part as well.

Davis went on to speak about his son's relationship with John Lucas and how his proximity to Rice played a factor in the decision making process.

"John has worked closely with Jackson for short periods every year since 8th grade and has always been convinced of his potential as a player and wanted a chance to see how far he could push him."  "Being in Houston provides Jackson the opportunity to get unlimited extra training opportunities with a former high school All American, college All American and number one overall NBA draft pick during the off season.".

Now that Jackson Davis has his college decision seemingly set, he will now turn his focus on winning the 11th region and possibly making a run at Kentucky's Mr. Basketball.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lafayette Star Jackson Davis Set to Announce College Decision Monday

One of the state's top players in the Class of 2014 will announce his college choice Monday. Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Rice, Princeton, Texas Tech and Vandy are among Lafeyette's senior Jackson Davis' offers.

Lafayette Coach Michael Mendenhall told the Herald-Leader that Davis has no current plans to make a formal announcement. He will likely reveal the decision via social media.

Davis had a productive summer playing for the Kentucky Travelers and a strong performance at the John Lucas 40/40 Camp in Houston, Texas.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Knott County's Camron Justice Commits to Tennessee

Yesterday, Knott County shooting guard Camron Justice committed to the University of Tennessee.

The 2015 shooting guard also had confirmed offers from Western Kentucky, Boston College, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky and UAB.

The 6'2" Justice committed during an unofficial visit to Tennessee yesterday during the Volunteers Football win over South Carolina.

Here is more from Steve Jones of the Courier Journal:
Knott County Central All-State junior basketball player Camron Justice committed to the University of Tennessee – the team he’s had at the top of his recruiting list for months – on Saturday during one of his many unofficial visits to Knoxville.
Justice made the pledge at halftime of the Volunteers’ football game against South Carolina while sitting in the Neyland Stadium stands with UT’s basketball coaches.
“They were excited,” Justice’s father, Raymond, said. “They have been trying to get him to commit early. I didn’t think it would be this early. I thought it would be the spring. But I understand what he’s trying to do. He wants to focus on basketball (and not fielding recruiting calls).
“…He’s very excited about Tennessee, their coaching staff and the chance to play in the (Southeastern Conference).”
 Kentucky High School Basketball has a lot of top quality players right now and Justice is just one of the best the state has to offer of high major talent.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Justin Johnson Commits to Western Kentucky

2014 Perry County Central forward Justin Johnson has committed to play his college basketball for Western Kentucky University.

Johnson said his final two schools were Boston College and Western Kentucky.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Pre-Season Update 10/13

Next week practice will officially start and it won't be long before The Road to Rupp will begin in a gym near you.

There have been so many kids switching schools this summer that some teams have gotten stronger, some have gotten weaker and some have just stayed the same.

The good thing though is Kentucky High School Basketball is stronger than ever and kids across Kentucky are receiving a lot of attention.

Here are a couple of notes over the last couple of weeks:

  • I am sure you know all about the hand shaking controversy after KHSAA contests and now schools are not required to say "good game", whether it was or not, after each game. I, for one, never thought it was a good idea to shake hands after the game, but they should line up before and say good luck. I have been a coach, fan, player and official and I have never seen anything positive out of putting a bunch of high school kids together, from different schools, and let them shake hands after they have battled for 2 or 3 hours.
  • Johnson Central's Shane Hall committed to Marshall University recently. Will probably be a good fit for him since he will only be a hour or so away in Huntington from Paintsville.
  • Taylor County's Quentin Goodin has been receiving a lot of high level interest, but many are excited that Kentucky has joined the mix.
  • No official word on the Cordia Lions new additions if they have been ruled eligible or not. I have heard from a source that a couple of the schools have been slowing down the process by not sending paperwork in a timely manner. I have also heard that Henry Clay has filed a grievance with the KHSAA about Christen Cunningham transferring to Lotts Creek. I am told that Cordia fans should have nothing to worry about though as all the players will eventually be ruled ready to play.
  • Ballard's Kelan Martin recently committed to Butler University.
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The Road to Rupp's news cycle will be picking up soon so start to check back more often for updates on news and upcoming games.

It should be another exciting year for Kentucky Basketball.