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.

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