Kentucky All-Star Jackson Davis Commits To Butler

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Jackson Davis, one of the top prep prospects in Kentucky, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Butler men's basketball program this fall.  The 2014 Kentucky All-Star officially announced his decision to attend Butler at a press conference at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, April 25.

 "We are very excited about adding Jackson to our current recruiting class," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller.  "He is a mobile, athletic forward with a skill set that continues to expand.  He has rebounded at a very high level and he has continued to improve every year in high school due to his work ethic which will serve him well as he goes through the demands of college basketball."

"Jackson is an outstanding student with diverse interests," added Miller about his recruit who boasts a near-perfect grade point average.  "He fits very well into Butler University and our basketball program.  We couldn't be more excited about this class and the addition of Jackson Davis to Butler University and our basketball family."

Davis is the third member of Miller's initial recruiting class, joining incoming freshmen Kelan Martin of Louisville Ballard High School and Tyler Wideman of Lake Central (Ind.) High School.  Martin also is a member of the Kentucky All-Star Team, while Wideman was named to the Indiana All-Star Team.

A 6-8 forward, Davis earned first team All-State honors after a stellar senior season that saw him average 24.6 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots.  He had some eye-popping performances, including 32 points and 31 rebounds against Lexington Catholic and 42 points and 17 rebounds against Henry Clay, while being selected as one of seven finalists for Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball" honor.  He scored 20 or more points in 23 games for the 19-11 Generals, including eight games with 30+ points!  

As a junior, Davis averaged 20.1 points and earned second team All-State recognition.  He was named to the Kentucky Junior All-Star Team following the 2012-13 season.    

Davis, the son of former University of Kentucky basketball letterwinner Jonathan Davis (1989-91), finished his prep career as Lafayette's all-time leader in points (2,343), rebounds (1,372) and blocked shots (321).  His career rebounding total ranks 12th all-time in Kentucky high school history.

Butler will be heading into its second season in the BIG EAST Conference and looking to add to a remarkable record of success over the past two decades.  Since 1996-97, the Bulldogs have recorded 15 20-win seasons and an overall record of 405-174.  Butler made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I national championship game in 2010 and 2011.