Javian Davis, the former forward for the Crimson Tide, announced Monday morning that he will be transferring to Mississippi State to join the Bulldogs.

Since Davis is a native of Mississippi, it was expected for the redshirt freshman to stay in Alabama or Mississippi, but it was surprising to see SEC rival Mississippi State on the shortlist.

The Bulldogs’ team that Davis will be joining has spent the last two seasons near the top of the SEC with 20-11 records the past two years, but the Bulldogs seem to lack something. That something might be the former Crimson Tide player.

Since Davis was redshirted his first year in Tuscaloosa and only played in one season, his stats aren’t as grandiose, but Davis contributed well to an Alabama team that had many stars. Davis started in 14 games and averaged 8.6 points per game. He also had 37 rebounds and shot 76.9% from the free-throw line (20-for-26).

With this move, Alabama officially earns one of its scholarships back. When Davis announced his transfer, there was talk that John Petty might return to the Crimson Tide. Now, this might not be the case. After a few stories last week described Petty’s draft stock rising, it is becoming even more unclear as to whether the Alabama star will be returning to the Capstone or going to the NBA.

As of July 27th, the NBA Draft is scheduled for October 16th, and the deadline to decide whether to stay or leave is in August. This means that we will be hearing sometime in the next few weeks what Petty decides to do.

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