AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football senior Deshaun Davis will most likely be watching this weekend when Auburn basketball plays in the SEC Tournament.
He’ll think he should be there in St. Louis with the team, though.
Davis, a 5-foot-11 middle linebacker, joked with reporters Tuesday after practice that he wants to be the backup to point guard Jared Harper for Bruce Pearl’s basketball team. He added that he could bring a game similar to Kyrie Irving, the perennial NBA All-Star point guard.
“Jared gets tired sometimes,” Davis said. “I feel like I could come in and Kyrie in a little bit, but he never wants to give me an opportunity. I told him I got one more year and probably stay around after the draft next year and give him a good couple minutes.”
The senior said he’d have to step up his social media campaign to get Pearl’s attention.
“I’ve got to keep tweeting him,” Davis said. “Send him a couple more videos show him my step-back jumper and maybe I can get in.”
Davis has tweeted videos of him playing pickup basketball to Pearl over the last two years. Like Irving, Davis knows how to showcase his handles and long-range shooting in his highlight film:
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) May 2, 2017
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) May 17, 2016
— ⭐️Deshaun Davis⭐ (@_Davis_Boy12) March 7, 2018
In addition to football, Davis lettered in basketball and baseball at Vigor High School in Pritchard, Ala. He’s stuck to the gridiron during his days at Auburn, but he says he and his teammates maintain a friendship with Pearl’s basketball players.
“Of course, as a football team we go to the games, we cheer them on,” Davis said. “We see them on campus, we congratulate them, we talk and laugh with each other all the time. We have a good relationship as far as football and basketball.”
Davis is heading into his final season at Auburn, and he’s cut weight in order to become a more athletic playmaker in the middle of the field for the Tigers’ defense.
“I want to play around 230,” Davis said. “Last year I floated between 238 and 241. Before practice today, I weighed in at 231. My goal is to try to get down to 227 and gain about three or four pounds of muscle over the summer, so I can be a solid 230 and be able to fly around.”
That weight difference could also translate to a better shot at playing basketball for the Tigers, Davis noted with a laugh.
“To play basketball, that’s a different type of conditioning, though… man, up and down the court,” Davis said. “I just pray every night, I get the opportunity. I feel like I can help them win the SEC Tournament.”