Mississippi State basketball's Javian Davis dealing with death of cousin: 'They were best friends'

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STARKVILLE — Mississippi State basketball forward Javian Davis will attend the funeral of his cousin in Canton on Saturday before joining the team in Starkville for the game against Alabama, coach Ben Howland said.

Howland said Davis left Starkville on Friday after practice to make the trip to his hometown, where his cousin, 22-year-old Jamal Porter, was shot and killed Dec. 28.

"He was a high school teammate, they were best friends," Howland said. "Spent every day of their lives together, from seventh grade to 12th grade. High school teammates on the same team throughout high school. It's going to be a very emotional day for him tomorrow laying his cousin to rest and then coming back to play against his former team that he started out with."

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Porter was shot and killed in the Kingston Place subdivision in Canton, a suburb of Jackson. Police said the blue Dodge Charger that Porter was driving was shot into at least 10 times, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to WLBT.

Four people were taken into custody, WLBT reported, in relation to the shooting of Porter and another shooting an hour later that resulted in two injuries.

Davis has noted in social media posts how he's playing with Porter in mind. And on Dec. 28, Davis outlined his emotions.

"I’m so heartbroken bro like why? Why my cousin? Why my brother?!" Davis wrote. "Like this crazy. I tried my best to keep you close to me and around me in middle school and high school. I tried to keep you locked in and focused on basketball. I tried to to take you everywhere with me out the city because I knew that was best for both us.

"Even to college, got you a scholarship offer to Shelton CC in the same city as The University of Alabama," Davis continued. "Man I wish I could go back and try even harder so this moment could be different".

Davis began his career at Alabama, playing 31 times as a redshirt freshman during the 2019-20 season. Davis then transferred to Mississippi State, where he has taken a rotation role as a center. He's coming off a strong performance against Georgia, scoring 12 points and adding six rebounds.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Javian Davis: Mississippi State basketball forward dealing with death of cousin

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