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Report: Johnell Davis declines G League Elite Camp invite, will workout for NBA teams privately

On3 imageby:Andrew Graham05/04/24


Arkansas transfer commit and former Florida Atlantic guard Johnell Davis is reportedly declining an invite to the pre-draft G League Elite Camp, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

Davis will still conduct private workouts with select NBA teams prior to the deadline for NBA Draft early entrants to withdraw and maintain eligibility. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 29.

While the outcome of the private workouts will inform the process, Davis pulling back from participating in the G League Elite Camp is a step toward playing for the Razorbacks and not going to the NBA in 2024. Top performers from the G League Elite Camp are invited to the NBA draft combine.

The shooting guard spent four seasons with the Owls and steadily improved every year. Last year, Davis set career highs in 34 games. Davis finished the season with 18.2 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, shot 48.3% from the floor and 41.4% from three-point range.

Playing for Florida Atlantic, Davis rose to stardom helping the Owls make the Final Four during the 2023 NCAA Tournament. He was also Conference USA’s 6th Player of the Year.

As a member of the Class of 2020, Davis was not ranked, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He played his HS basketball in Gary (Ind.) 21st Century Charter.

FAU had a major exodus after head coach Dusty May left

With May leaving the program, there is a ton of talent on its way out for FAU. May was recently hired by the Michigan Wolverines and hopes to bring them back to competing in March after a lull under Juwan Howard. He certainly has the experience, making the Final Four during the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Everyone from FAU that decided to enter the portal was instantly linked with Michigan. Nobody knows those players better than May after spending six seasons with the Owls. May ended up landing a few of his former players and bringing them to the Big Ten.

“We met as a group and in several of them individually when I left,” May said on potentially recruiting old FAU players. “They had a range of emotions. Right now they’re focused on FAU and I don’t think any of them are in the portal. But right now I don’t know.

“I want that place to continue to sustain success and I’ll do everything I can to help that. Those questions we ask later. I don’t know right now.”