INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs announced on Friday that Jackson Davis, a prep prospect from Kentucky, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Bulldogs next fall. The Kentucky All-Star from Lafayette High School in Lexington is the third member of Butler head coach Brandon Miller’s initial recruiting class, joining incoming freshmen Kelan Martin of Louisville Ballard High School and Tyler Wideman of Lake Central High School in Saint John, IN. Martin also is a member of the Kentucky All-Star Team, while Wideman was named to the Indiana All-Star Team.
“We are very excited about adding Jackson to our current recruiting class,” said Butler head coach Brandon Miller. “He is a mobile, athletic forward with a skill set that continues to expand. He has rebounded at a very high level and he has continued to improve every year in high school due to his work ethic which will serve him well as he goes through the demands of college basketball.”
The 6’8 forward Davis earned first team All-State honors after a stellar senior season that saw him average 24.6 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots. His most notable performances include 32 points and 31 rebounds against Lexington Catholic and 42 points and 17 rebounds against Henry Clay, while being selected as one of seven finalists for Kentucky’s “Mr. Basketball” honor. He scored 20 or more points in 23 games for the 19-11 Generals, including eight games with 30 plus points.
As a junior, Davis averaged 20.1 points and earned second team All-State recognition. He was named to the Kentucky Junior All-Star Team following the 2012-13 season.
Davis brings much needed size for the Bulldogs next season. The Bulldogs will say goodbye to seniors Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm this May, who are listed at 6’6 and 6’8 respectively. The Bulldogs also lost 6’10, 200 lb. freshman Nolan Berry to transfers. As previously mentioned, the 6’8, 220 lb. forward Davis joins 6’6, 225 lb. Kelan Martin and 6’7, 260 lb. Tyler Wideman. Davis and Martin will bring instant competition for minutes with 6’7, 225 lb. Andrew Chrabascz and 6’9, 200 lb. Kameron Woods.
According to ESPN, Jackson Davis ranks 59th at the power forward and 5th in the state of Kentucky. Kelan Martin ranks 26th at the same position as Davis and 3rd in the state.
Davis finished his prep career as Lafayette’s all-time leader in points (2,343), rebounds (1,372) and blocked shots (321). His career rebounding total ranks 12th all-time in Kentucky high school history. Davis is the son of former University of Kentucky basketball letterwinner Jonathan Davis (1989-91),
After a verbal commitment to Rice in October, Davis decided to reopen his recruitment in February and chose the Bulldogs over Alabama and Rice. Davis fills the second of four scholarships open for Brandon Miller and the Butler Bulldogs.
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