HARRISONBURG, Va., Apr. 8, 2013 – After elevating his game down the stretch to lead James Madison to a Colonial Athletic Association title and NCAA Tournament appearance, redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis (Columbus, Ohio/Harmony Community School) will be one of 64 seniors nationwide to participate in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week at Churchland High School.
Representatives of all 30 NBA teams will be on hand for the four-day, 12-game event in the Tidewater region of Virginia in one of the top showcases for college seniors leading up to the NBA Draft and the nation’s oldest amateur basketball tournament dating back to 1953.
Davis will suit up for Roger Brown’s Restaurant and is one of seven players on his eight-member squad to participate in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. He will play alongside NCAA Champion guard Peyton Siva of Louisville, guard Travis Releford of Kansas, guard Chase Tapley of San Diego State, guard Ramon Galloway of La Salle, forward Carl Hall of Final Four participant Wichita State, forward O.D. Anosike of Siena and center Tony Woods of Oregon.
The team will be coached by Bill Mann and John Kelly with assigned NBA Assistant Coach Eldridge Recasner. The squad’s first action will be Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. against Portsmouth Sports Club. The remaining schedule is determined by game results leading up to Saturday’s 8 p.m. championship game.
Davis caught fire down the stretch with a combination of marksmanship from the arc and athletic, if not acrobatic, plays around the rim to help lead a memorable regular season finish and postseason run for the Dukes. Beginning with 27 points in a home win over William and Mary, he averaged 20 points per game in the season’s final 12 games, including a career-best 36 points in a road win over the Tribe in early March.
In the CAA Championship, Davis poured in 20 points in the first round against William and Mary, added 16 points in a semifinal win over Delaware and capped the weekend with 26 points in the title bout vs. Northeastern to claim CAA Most Outstanding Player honors. He played an integral role in JMU picking up its first league title since 1994 in its first title-game appearance since 1997.
Davis went on to post 20 points in a NCAA First Four win over LIU Brooklyn, JMU’s first NCAA win in 30 years dating back to 1983. In addition to his CAA MVP honor, he was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Sixth Man of the Year in the CAA by CollegeHoopsDaily.com.
After a slow start, Davis overtook senior forward Rayshawn Goins (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) in the season’s final game to claim leading scorer honors. He finished 17th in the CAA for scoring (12.1 per game) along with seventh in field goal percentage (.481), 11th in steals (1.3 per game), fourth in three-point percentage (.372) and fifth in made three-pointers per game (2.0).
Davis finished with 937 points in two seasons at JMU after leading the Dukes as a junior with 510 points and adding 427 this year. He also had 305 points in two seasons at Wyoming to give him 1,242 for his four-year collegiate career.