Mike Davis and KJ Williams sign with Murray State


From Murray State Athletics Media Relations...

Murray State men’s basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of a pair of forwards. Mike Davis is a 6-7 forward from Coastal Alabama Community College and joins the Racers with 6-8 forward KJ Williams out of Cleveland Central High School in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Davis will be a junior and Williams a freshman for the Racers in the 2018-19 season.

"We are very excited to welcome Mike, KJ, and both of their families to Murray State,” McMahon said. “We expect both talented forwards to make an immediate impact in our front court."

Mike Davis - 6-7 forward - Coastal Alabama Community College – East Brewton, Alabama

Tyshawn “Mike” Davis joins the Racers after two seasons with Coastal Alabama Community College in Monroeville.

"Mike is a versatile and highly skilled player,” McMahon said. “His character, work ethic, and love of the game really stood out to our coaching staff. He’s an effective scorer around the basket who can also stretch the floor from 3-point range and make plays off the dribble. Mike fits our style of play extremely well."

Davis played for Coach Will Brown at Coastal Alabama.

“Mike has a versatile game,” Brown said. “He can play with his back to basket, put it on the floor and shoot the three. He is one of the best kids I’ve coached and has a desire to learn and improve; he’s hungry to win. He comes from a strong family background and his family exudes in him. He developed a toughness here and that will help him as his career goes on. He was a mainstay for us, the consummate captain that you want on your team.”

Davis had a big season for the Coastal Eagles in starting all 32 games with a scoring average of 16.2 points per game to go with a rebound average of 8.1. A multitalented shooter, he made 54 percent from the field (175-of-322) and ranked 18th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in 3-point shooting at 48 percent (58-of-122). He was ranked in the top-50 NJCAA rebounders and had 92 offensive rebounds. Davis posted eight games with 20 or more points including his season-best of 35 points against Northwest Florida State. His top rebound game was 14 twice against Atlanta Metro and Enterprise State. He was named the Player of the Year in the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and to the Region-22 NJCAA All-Conference First Team.

Davis played his prep basketball at W.S. Neal High School in Brewton, Alabama.

KJ Williams - 6-8 forward - Cleveland Central High School - Cleveland, Mississippi

Kamarian "KJ" Williams joins the Racers from Cleveland Central High School and will be a freshman for the Racers next season.

"KJ has great size and athleticism for his position,” McMahon said. “We love his ability to rebound and protect the rim and offensively, he's another forward who can shoot the ball from the perimeter. With his tremendous upside, we look forward to getting him in our player development program starting this summer."

Williams had a tremendous 2017-18 season for the CCHS Wolves in scoring 21 points per game and grabbing 11 rebounds per game on a team that was 23-9 and advanced to the second round of the Mississippi Class 5A State Tournament. He had 16 double-doubles in 27 games in his senior season including a 27 point/28 rebound effort against West Tallahatchie. He had a triple-double against Indianola Gentry with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. As a junior in 2016-17, Williams averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game.

He was named Mississippi All-State Third Team and was included in the Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen as one of the top-12 high school players in the Magnolia State along with Racer signee DaQuan Smith. Williams has already played for his state in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game this spring and the Bolivar Commercial named him to its All-Area Team, which is chosen from nine different high schools. Williams was the newspaper’s Player of the Year in 2017.

Williams played for Coach Bernard Berryhill.

“KJ a very respectful young man and humble,” said Berryhill. “He has all the tools to play the game. He moves with a fluidity that someone his size doesn’t usually have. Our school was new and we moved from a 3A classification and up to 5A, and I thought KJ learned how to play against a higher level of competition. I regret that I only had him one season because he was a joy to coach.”

Williams was also a highly regarded quarterback. He led Cleveland Central to a 12-1 record in 2017 and threw for more than 2,400 yards with 21 touchdowns and he rushed for 300 yards. He also played baseball in his high school career.