Davis to fulfill dream at JDCC

Published 12:01 am Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Pleasant Home graduate Lance Davis will be playing at JDCC. | File photo

Whether he’ll get playing time or not, Lance Davis will be able to say that he got to play college basketball.

Davis, the former Pleasant Home standout point guard, will be taking his talents to Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton next year.

Davis signed the same scholarship he was on during the past year at LBWCC, where he served as a student ambassador while not playing the game he loves.

The actual opportunity to play at JDCC came when Warhawks men’s basketball coach Allen Gainer gave Davis a call early in July.

“He asked if I wanted to play for them,” Davis said. “He said they’d give me a full ride there. I got to thinking and everything, and I didn’t want to regret it in the future by not ever playing. I do miss it, but at the same time, I had a good situation at LBW being an ambassador and in SGA, and everything.

“Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to play college basketball,” he said. “I definitely went with the choice to play. It’s an opportunity not many people get.”

The Warhawks will be getting a dynamic point guard who helped lead PHS to the Class 1A South Sub Regional in 2013.

Gainer said he couldn’t be happier to have Davis join the team.

“He’s got good size, and he’s going to be able to play a variety of positions, I believe,” Gainer said. “He shoots the ball pretty well, so he’ll be able to give us some point production.”

Gainer said he followed Lance’s dad, Jerry’s, career for many years.

“Being a coach’s son is always appealing,” the Warhawks coach said. “I know his dad and he does a great job teaching his kids fundamentals. With incoming freshmen, they may not know how to do things Lance already knows. So, he’ll be ahead of the game.”

Gainer said he envisions Davis playing anywhere from the 2-4 positions on the floor and that he’ll use him depending on the game.

Right now, Davis’ eligibility puts him at being a freshman on the court. He’s a sophomore in the classroom.

“I told them that I was going to play for one year, and then transfer and go to school at Auburn,” he said. “If something happens and I enjoy it that much, then I’ll play there for two years.”

Upon accepting his scholarship, Davis said he started playing in pick up games to get used to driving to the basket while taking contact.

“I’m definitely trying to condition myself to get ready, that way I have a head start,” he said. “Hopefully, I get myself to a starting role, or as a sixth or seventh man.”

Davis said he sees himself playing in the No. 2 position (shooting guard) on the court for the Warhawks.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Davis said about playing hoops again. “I definitely miss playing and getting to play more organized basketball. It’s not the same with pick up games and stuff.”

Davis is the son of Jerry and Maria Davis of Andalusia.