In addition to watching Auburn play Georgia in football on Saturday, Auburn fans will get to watch Auburn “take on” another rival when five-star point guard JD Davison makes his commitment this weekend.
Davison—a top 10 basketball player in the class of 2021—announced he will make his college commitment Oct. 3 rather than Oct. 31.
Auburn and Alabama are thought to be the leaders for the five-star guard from Letohatchee, Alabama. LSU, Kansas, Memphis and Michigan round out Davison’s final list.
Auburn seemed to take the lead over the summer, but Alabama has gained some recent momentum.
From what I heard, Auburn’s pitches regarding playing time and role seemed more attractive to Davison, compared to what Alabama coaches were pitching him over the summer.
Both schools feel good about their chances as of now, and Davison rarely talks to the national media. This makes it seem like a tossup to me, and the fact Auburn sources are remaining confident is keeping me confident.
Breaking down the top two contenders:
- Davison said he grew up an Alabama football fan and reportedly has a lot of Alabama fans in his family. Davison was also noted as having an Alabama basketball picture in his twitter header a few years ago.
- Alabama head coach Nate Oats seems to be a good coach for most guards, so I could see that enticing Davison.
- Alabama will have a guard heavy roster, and Alabama’s (lack of) playing time pitches were rumored to help Auburn over the summer.
- Alabama message boards also picked up on Davison following Jusaun Holt on Instagram. Holt committed to Alabama Sept. 27. Davison also follows several players on Alabama’s and Auburn’s basketball teams.
- Davison is a perfect fit for head coach Bruce Pearl’s system. Davison can score and facilitate from on and off-ball positions and has been unstoppable in isolation matchups this summer.
- While he isn’t a great shooter yet, the way Davison breaks down defenders and scores with ease in one-on-one matchups is very similar to how Pearl used guards like Jared Harper and Bryce Brown in the past.
- Pearl has also shown a tendency to let his team play through mistakes and has developed several guards into top college players and professionals. This makes Auburn a good fit to me, with Davison still being a raw player in terms of skill and potential.
- Auburn could also have a lot of guards on the roster, but Pearl has proven to play the hot hand and isn’t afraid to play multiple point guards.
- Davison was watching Ga’Quincy McKinstry Sept. 25. McKinstry is a major dual-sport target for Auburn and Alabama.
My gut and prediction are torn between Auburn and Alabama right now. My bias and Auburn sources are pushing me to slightly lean toward Auburn, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Davison commits to Alabama on Saturday.
Davison would be a huge win for Auburn. Not only would it mean securing another top point guard target, but Davison would also give Auburn an in-state player who is projected to have a good college and professional career.