Colin Powell once said ” A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work. Jon Davis is putting it all together at the University of Charlotte to make his NBA dream a reality.
The Road To Charlotte
Basketball was always Jon’s first love due to his father Jon Davis Sr putting a basketball in his hands at a young age. Jon grew up in Upper Marlboro, MD and attended Clinton Christian. He would dominate his senior year at Clinton Christian averaging 18 points and 4 assists. Jon would then earn Conference Player of the Year and the Conference MVP honors. Those honors would lead to Jon being named to the first Team All-Metro Honor. Jon also would compete at the highest level, playing AAU basketball for the prominent DC Assault. He would play in the same backcourt with Melo Trimble who attended Maryland. Davis embraced the opportunity playing against top notch competition. Jon is forever indebted to Curtis Malone the founder of DC Assault. “DC Assault had a huge impact on my career, Curtis Malone gave me the opportunity to showcase my talents against the best dudes in the country and in front of some of some of the best coaches ever. I’ve played in front Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K), John Calipari, Larry Brown, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams, Jay Wright, and many other and I owe it all to the D.C. Assault program.” Jon would play one year at Hargrave Military Academy averaging 14 points and 7 assists a game and starting every game for a team that won 38 games. Jon would then visit the University of Charlotte and thought the opportunity to play for former NBA Coach Mark Price was a no brainer. Davis understood that in order for him to get a collegiate education he would have to earn a scholarship. That motivation would allow him to get a full scholarship to play collegiate basketball at the University of Charlotte.
-Coach Price was really the biggest part of me making the decision to come to Charlotte initially but once I met the rest of the staff and saw the campus it really sold itself. It’s a blessing honestly, he’s sick a great basketball mind and a perfectionist. Also it benefits me in a different because he played the same position as me at the height basketball level so with him I just try to be a sponge and soak up as much information as possible
Embracing His Opportunity
As a true freshman playing in Conference USA Jon would embrace that opportunity. He would start in 30 games as a freshman and have 154 assists which are the second highest single-season total by a freshman in school history. Jon would also score 23 points (going 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from three) with six assists and two steals against WKU, nearly recording a triple-double with nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists at FIU and scoring 17 points with 10 assists against Rice becoming the first Niner since Derrio Green (14 pts., 10 assists), January 8, 2011, to have a points-assists double-double. Jon’s freshman year was remarkable, averaging the sixth-most assists out of Conference USA players and averaged the most out of all freshman in Conference USA (4.67). He also won Conference USA Freshman of the Week twice and is the 25th player in school history to record 100 assists in a season.
Taking It Up A Notch
Jon would take his game up a notch during his sophomore year. Understanding that each year NBA scouts want to see players working on all aspects of their game Jon did that and more. This year, Davis, who earned second-team All-Conference USA honors, finished second in Conference USA in scoring at 19.6 points per game. He scored 588 points this season which is the ninth most points scored in a season in school history. He scored 35 points against Old Dominion, January 21, which was tied for the second-highest scoring output in a game in Conference USA this season. Davis’s 35 points in that game are tied for the second-most points scored by a Niner in a game in Halton Arena. This season, Davis recorded 28 double-figure scoring games and 14 20-point scoring games. Davis, who recorded over 100 assists for the second straight season (126 assists), finished sixth in Conference USA in assists at 4.2 per game. Davis recorded a double-double with a game-high 25 points and 10 assists against UAB in the Conference USA Tournament, March 8.The sophomore guard finished the season ranked in the Top 15 in Conference USA in field goal percentage (48.2%), three-point field goal percentage (38.0%) and free throw percentage (78.2%).
Despite Jon’s individual success, he was not happy about his team’s overall season.
-“It was disappointing honestly I had a lot higher expectations for my team but we had some misfortunes and we’ll be back and better next year”.
Jon Davis is ready to lead his team to the NCAA tournament next season. He hopes to improve his game in all aspects.
-“This offseason I wanna improve on my all around game and add a couple things like a floater and different finishes around the rim and get more flexible For my junior year it’s hard to say what I expect because right now we don’t have our whole team but I just wanna get to the tournament”.
With his tough and humble mentality expect an even bigger junior year for Jon Davis. I think he has the potential to be one of the best guards in America next season.