From KC to OVC: Austin Peay G Khalil Davis
Like many JuCo transfers Khalil Davis took a circuitous route to D1. A starting guard spot for Austin Peay did not come overnight.
“I am from Kansas City,” said Davis. “”My brother…he played at Jacksonville State.”
OVC fans might remember Ronnie Boggs of Jacksonville State. Boggs is Davis’ brother and they attended the same high school back in Missouri. In another OVC connection Boggs played for Jay Spoonhour at Moberly Area Community College before transferring to Jacksonville State. Of course Spoonhour serves as the basketball boss for Eastern Illinois University.
The coach that recruited Khalil’s brother to Jacksonville State, Mike Smith, left for Lawson State Community College. He ascended to a head position.
“The coach needed some more players, so I went down for a tryout and the coach signed me in five minutes,” said Davis. “I committed somewhere before, but they said I was small and because of my size they wanted to redshirt me. But I didn’t want to redshirt because I already knew what I am capable of and what I could do.”
On occasion college recruiters will not so subtly nudge recruits into redshirts. For a young man that had played organized basketball for the last decade of his life sitting and watching can be very difficult to fathom.
“So that whole summer I just trying to find somewhere to go,” said Davis. “At the beginning to August I got a call. I drove all the way down to Alabama and the coach saw me and signed me in the first five minutes.”
At Lawson State Community College Davis thrived. He was instantly a hit and even earned All-ACCC MVP last spring. Included in the basketball conference were at least two other D1 transfers. Jestin Lewis now competes for Mercer and DeMarcus Threatt suits up for Fairfield University. Last season Davis was better than both in the eyes of the conference coaches.
With Austin Peay Davis has adapted swiftly. Even though Davis earned his starting spot through preseason practices he knows it is not guaranteed to continue.
“I really didn’t know,” said Davis. “I really don’t know how the coaches think, but how I think I am not going to start because that motivates me to work harder in practice.”
A strong November could really angle Davis onto opposing scouting reports. Currently he is not feared outside Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay Head Coach Dave Loos sees quite a future though.
“KD is a guy that is always moving,’ said Coach Loos. “High energy guy and couple that with his feel for the game. He is not perfect by any means defensively, or offensively, but I really like him. He is going to be a solid player in this league.”