Lafayette's Jackson Davis signs with Butler

mfields@herald-leader.comApril 25, 2014 

Lafayette basketball star Jackson Davis signed with Butler on Friday afternoon, bringing an end to a hectic few months of recruiting.

Davis, a 6-foot-8 forward, committed to Rice last October, then decided to reopen his recruitment in February. In the midst of a great senior season during which he averaged 24.8 points and 13.8 rebounds, he drew interest from a lot of schools.

"It was fun at first, then it got really stressful, then it got fun again, and then it got to the point where I felt I was going to explode," Davis said.

"It was just a lot of pressure. Once I made my decision, I felt like everything lifted off my back, and that was a good feeling."

Davis pared his list to Butler, Alabama and Rice before making his final decision Thursday.

"All my choices were great choices, but I just felt Butler was the best decision for me personally and for me moving on as a basketball player," Davis said.

He also had scholarship offers from Arizona State, Auburn, Creighton and Vanderbilt, among others.

Davis is the latest Kentuckian to hook up with Butler. Ballard all-state player Kelan Martin signed with the Bulldogs last fall. Kameron Woods of Louisville Eastern will be a senior at Butler next season. Shelvin Mack of Bryan Station was a standout on the Bulldogs' NCAA runner-up teams in 2010 and 2011.

Butler is in Indianapolis, only a three-hour drive from Lexington.

"My parents can come visit whenever they want ... not that I want them coming all the time," Davis said with a smile. "But if they do want to come, they can come, and that's good."

Davis, a Mr. Basketball finalist, finished his career as Lafayette's all-time leading scorer (2,343 points) and rebounder (1,372).

Johnathon Davis, Jackson's dad and a former University of Kentucky player, said Butler first showed interest in his son when he was a freshman. Brad Stevens was the Bulldogs coach at that time.

Stevens led Butler to NCAA runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. He left for the Boston Celtics after the 2013 season, and Brandon Miller, his assistant, took the reins.

Butler went 14-17 this past season.

"I know they struggled a little last year," Davis said. "But I plan on going up there and doing my best try to help make some more magic."

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