Boston Celtics select Alabama’s JD Davison

Alabama freshman guard JD Davison was picked by the Boston Celtics with the No. 53 pick in the 2022 NBA draft Thursday night. Davison was the first Crimson Tide player drafted this year, bringing Alabama’s all-time tally of NBA draft picks to 47.

A true freshman in 2021-22, Davison saw action in all 33 competitions and made six starts. He earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team, became the sixth straight UA player to earn that honor, and finished the season leading the team with 4.3 assists per game while finishing second in steals (1st place). .0 SPG) and third in rebounds (4.8 rpg) and fourth in scoring (8.5 ppg).

Davison ranked seventh in the league in total assists (143) and assists per game and had 13 games in which he had double digits and led the team 18 times in making the UA in assists during a led competition. He has twice been recognized as SEC Freshman of the Week.

He earned his first weekly honor after UA’s win over then-No. 3 Gonzaga, where he had a season-high 20 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Davison was also named the league’s Rookie of the Week for the week of February 14 when he averaged 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in back-to-back wins over Ole Miss and Arkansas.

“JD was really trainable,” said Alabama head coach Nate Oats. “He was a great teammate. He was a little louder than I thought, maybe he is. He’s got a really high IQ. He’s great at passing the ball. He and Quinerly are our two lead assists. He is able to create. He finds our bigs on the edge for easy shots. He was great like that.

“I think probably the biggest room to grow is just to keep working on his shot, which he’s been doing a lot and is a lot more comfortable with. The other thing would only be on the defensive end. Most newcomers who didn’t have to play at that level – he’s been a talented attacking player all his life. He has the potential to become an elite defensive player with his athleticism, and he’s a big, strong, fast, and athletic guard. He can be an elite defender.”

Davison, a former 5-star recruit from Letohatchee, Ala., was ranked the #1 player in the state of Alabama, the nation’s #3 point guard, and the #13 player in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite. According to 247Sports, he was 17th overall.

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