FAU guard Johnell Davis enters NCAA transfer portal

On3 imageby:Griffin McVeigh04/02/24


FAU guard Johnell Davis has entered the NCAA transfer portal, On3 has learned. Davis is just the latest player to leave the Owls after Dusty May accepted the Michigan job. A tough loss in Boca Raton as Davis should be a popular name on the open market.

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Davis will reportedly also declare for the 2024 NBA Draft as well but maintain his eligibility.

“FAU star Johnell Davis tells @TheFieldOf68 he will declare for the NBA Draft and also go into the portal,” Jeff Goodman said via X. “Davis had an All-American type season and carried FAU for much of the year.”

As many involved with FAU this season, Davis was a key player toward making the Final Four during the 2023 run. Davis took his game to a different level in ’23-24 though, averaging a team-high 18.2 points and snagging 6.3 rebounds — good enough for second on the team.

Davis was not ranked coming out of high school after being a member of the 2020 recruiting class. However, On3 did have the guard as the No. 59 player in all of college basketball this season. Classified as a shooting guard, he was No. 18 at the position.

Those types of players do not step into the portal too often, meaning one team will be landing a talented guard with plenty of experience — specifically in the NCAA Tournament. A valuable asset anybody in the country would love to have.

FAU transfer portal activity continues after Dusty May leaves

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 lul under Juwan Howard. He certainly has the experience, making the Final Four during the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Everyone from FAU who does enter the portal will instantly be linked with Michigan. Nobody knows those players better than May after spending six seasons with the Owls. If May wants to reunite with some of his guys — such as Davis — the established relationship will certainly help.

“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.”