EKU BASKETBALL | Colonels officially announce addition of Jackson Davis and Dillon Avare

04/13/2016 04:57 PM

Eastern Kentucky University officially welcomed two new transfers to the Colonels’ basketball club on Wednesday. Dillon Avare and Jackson Davis will begin practicing with Dan McHales team later this year.


Avare will be a graduate transfer from the University of Louisville, where he played two seasons under Rick Pitino. He is on pace to graduate in three years at U of L, and is is eligible to play immediately at EKU, with two season of eligibility remaining. Avare’s career best in a Cardinals jersey was against Hartford on Nov. 17, 2015. He scored six points off of two quick 3-pointers. In high school, the six foot tall Lexington native averaged over 11 points and four assists a game for Lexington Catholic High School.


Davis comes to EKU after spending his first two college seasons with the Butler Bulldogs. At Butler, he played in 17 games his freshman season. That improved to 25 games his sophomore year, but the 6-foot-8 forward only saw 10 or more minutes of playing time in four games. His career high at Butler was against The Citadel last November, when he put up 19 points in 17 minutes, and was 8-of-11 from the field. He will have to sit out one season as per transfer rules, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Davis is also a Lexington native and graduated from Lafayette High School in 2014. As a Lafayette General, Davis became the program’s all-time leader in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. He averaged better than 24 points and 13 rebounds in his senior season, and finished as a first team all-state forward in Kentucky. Davis was also competed in the high jump for his high school track and field team. He is also the son of former University of Kentucky star Johnathon Davis.

We asked Evan Daniels about the addition of Davis to the Colonels’ Roster.

Garrett Moore

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