Louisville basketball adds 1st guard to 2023 recruiting class in JUCO prospect Koron Davis
After coming up short on several top prospects last fall, Louisville men's basketball head coach Kenny Payne scored a much-needed win on the recruiting trail Thursday by adding a guard to the Cardinals' 2023 class.
Koron Davis, who is currently playing his second season at the junior-college level for Los Angeles Southwest, announced his commitment to U of L through On3's Joe Tipton. The 6-foot-7 guard's pledge comes just nine days after Payne extended a scholarship offer and one day after Davis dropped 33 points during a win against Long Beach City College.
"I chose Louisville because they fit my play style and it felt like a family to me," he told On3. "Head coach Kenny Payne flew in to see me and kept it real with me and made my mother happy. I just want to do whatever to make my mom happy. Where I come from, kids don’t get to play at the next level."
— Koron Davis (@KoronDavis) January 26, 2023
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Across 18 appearances (17 starts) with Los Angeles Southwest, Davis ranks second in the California Community College Athletic Association averaging 25.7 points on 49.2% shooting (36.5% from 3-point range) to go along with 7.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 32.6 minutes per game.
His best performance of the season thus far came Jan. 11, when he scored 43 points in a double-overtime victory against Mt. San Antonio. Thirty-one of those points came after halftime.
"I’m a 6-foot-7, athletic guard who can score, facilitate and rebound the ball," he told On3.
6’7 (LA Southwest) Combo Guard
2years of eligibility
26.8ppg 7.2reb 2.8ast
51.9FG% 42.1 3pt% 90.2 FT% pic.twitter.com/cbAbbVQnNc
— Koron Davis (@KoronDavis) December 1, 2022
Davis' stats as a freshman at Paris Junior College in Texas show the progress he's made as a scorer over the past year. There, he averaged a team-best 15.7 points on 46.7% shooting (26.3% from 3) across 31 appearances (21 starts) while tallying 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists in 30 minutes per game. His performance earned him a spot on the All-NJCAA Region XIV second team.
One area that will need improvement, however, is his ball control. Davis has accounted for 77 turnovers thus far during the 2022-23 season, which is seven more than he committed as a freshman at Paris Junior College. A big reason why Louisville is 2-18 and winless against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents in Payne's first season at the helm is that the Cardinals turn the ball over 16.5 times per game, which ranks 349th out of 352 Division I schools.
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Davis is the third player to join Louisville's 2023 recruiting class, which before his commitment ranked 35th in the country on 247Sports' national leaderboard. Former Male High School star forward Kaleb Glenn and Curtis Williams Jr., another wing who is the top-ranked prospect in the state of Michigan, signed with the Cardinals in November.
Acquiring perimeter depth has been a top priority — but easier said than done — for Payne since taking over the reins of his alma mater last March. The Cardinals missed out on transfer portal target Tyrese Hunter, who could have alleviated some of the pressure placed on senior El Ellis this season, and then watched as several high-profile 2023 prospects at the position they pursued (DJ Wagner, AJ Johnson and George Washington III) decided to take their talents elsewhere.
After transferring to Bowman Academy as a sophomore, Davis totaled 1,305 points on 52% shooting (33% from 3) during his final three seasons at the high-school level, according to MaxPreps.com. He reportedly averaged 26.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a senior.
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