By Datti Jinkiri
Clinton native Robert Davis transferred to the University of West Alabama in 2020, and his first season in Livingston did not disappoint. In a pandemic-riddled season, Davis helped lead the Tigers to an 8-6 record overall. The team went 7-5 in the GSC West Division and qualified for the GSC Men’s Basketball Championship for the fourth consecutive season.
The 2017 graduate of Clinton High School had begun his career at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to Columbus State University for the 2019-20 season. After one season in Georgia, he decided to move a little closer to home and transferred to West Alabama.
Davis started all 14 games for the Tigers last season. He was fourth on the team with 10.5 points per game and scored a season-high 17 in an overtime win over Delta State. He also scored 16 points on two occasions against Union University.
Davis also averaged 2.7 assists per game, which was top-20 in the GSC and the second-highest on the team. He had a season-high of eight in a game against in-state foe Alabama Huntsville.
Davis was efficient on offense. He shot 43.2 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the free throw line. He was practically automatic at the charity stripe, as his free throw percentage was the second-highest percentage in the GSC this season.
Davis was durable this season as well. He led the Tigers with 34.7 minutes per game, which was the fifth-highest minutes per game average in the conference.
Davis will return to Livingston for his senior season in 2021-22. He will join 2020-21 All-GSC selections Shardarrion Allen (a Bolton native) and Kortrijk Miles as three of Tigers’ key returners next year. The return of those three players, as well as guard Justin Allison, means that the Tigers will return four of their top five scorers from last season.