Lafayette star Jackson Davis hosting several top coaches

broberts@herald-leader.comApril 21, 2014 


Lafayette's Jackson Davis put in two of his 32 points to go with 31 rebounds as Lexington Catholic defeated Lafayette 83-80 to win the 43rd district championship on Friday February 28, 2014. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff


The whirlwind recruitment of former Lafayette basketball star Jackson Davis won't be slowing down anytime soon.

Davis — fresh off his official visit to Alabama — will host several coaches for in-home visits this week.

The new head coach and top assistant at Rice — the school Davis was previously committed to — will be in town Monday night to visit with Davis and his family. He'll meet with Butler University on Tuesday. Florida Coach Billy Donovan and assistant John Pelphrey are scheduled to come to Lexington on Wednesday for an in-home visit.

Donovan has not yet extended a scholarship offer but remains interested in the 6-foot-7 forward.

Ginger Davis, the player's mother, told the Herald-Leader that last weekend's official visit to Alabama went "very well."

Davis is still planning to take official visits to Creighton and Arizona State next month. He is also working on rescheduling an official visit to Vanderbilt. Davis was supposed to see that school earlier this month but couldn't make the trip.

Ginger Davis said that former UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua reached out to the family last week to see if Jackson would be interested in South Florida, where Antigua is now the head coach.

Davis' mother said her son is "not disinterested" but noted that the family had already built solid relationships with several other schools. An assistant coach from Seton Hall also called Sunday night to inquire about the recruitment.

Davis was a first-team all-state selection and a finalist for Mr. Basketball honors as a senior this past season, when he averaged 25 points and 14 rebounds per game. He is Lafayette's all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

Robic visits in-state star

UK assistant coach John Robic was scheduled to visit Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin on Monday, the player's father told the Herald-Leader.

Goodin — a class of 2016 prospect — already has scholarship offers from Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and West Virginia, among others.

UK and Louisville have both shown substantial early interest, and the Wildcats coaching staff has already seen him several times.

Coach John Calipari, former assistant Orlando Antigua and Robic all watched Goodin play in a game in Lexington earlier this year.

Chris Goodin — the player's father — told the Herald-Leader that Quentin will play for the St. Louis Eagles EYBL squad this spring and summer. That's the same team that includes 2016 forward Jayson Tatum, who is one of UK's biggest recruiting targets in that class.

Payne staying busy

UK assistant coach Kenny Payne has spent the past two days in Georgia visiting with prospective recruits.

Small forward Jaylen Brown hosted Payne for an in-home visit Sunday. The 6-foot-7 prospect is considered a top-15 player in the class of 2015.

Brown hosted UCLA on Saturday and Georgia Tech on Friday. He has also had in-home visits with Florida and Oklahoma State in the past few days.

Kentucky hasn't extended a scholarship offer to Brown, but he has been on the Cats' radar for several months and he'll be one of the players that UK's coaches will be watching on the AAU circuit this spring.

Among the top schools that have offered Brown are Kansas, Louisville, Florida, Arizona, Ohio State, UCLA and Georgetown.

Payne continued his southern recruiting swing Monday with a trip to see class of 2015 center Doral Moore.

Moore — a 7-foot prospect — is considered a five-star player by multiple recruiting services. He has reported scholarship offers from Louisville, Ohio State, Texas, Indiana and Cincinnati, among others.

Rivals ranks Moore as the No. 16 overall prospect in the class of 2015.

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