Mississippi State basketball can’t overlook Rutgers freshman Jamichael Davis

While he's not a tremendous scoring threat for the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers freshman Jamichael Davis is someone the Mississippi State basketball team should keep an eye on.

Dec 9, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jamichael Davis (1) celebrates
Dec 9, 2023; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Jamichael Davis (1) celebrates / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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As the Mississippi State men’s basketball team gets set to face off against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, it seems likely that a lot of attention is going to be paid to the remarkable force that is Cliff Omoruyi. And for good reason, Omoruyi is a dominant big man that will create problems for the Bulldogs’ front court. 

But Mississippi State can’t overlook a young freshman guard who is performing at a high level these days. If anyone understands the impact that such a young guard can have on the game, it’s the Mississippi State basketball team. 

And that’s why it’ll be fascinating to see how the Bulldogs try to slow and contain Jamichael Davis. The 6-2 guard has been very solid in the way that he’s played for the Scarlet Knights as of late and the Bulldogs truly can’t afford to look past the sort of impact he can have on a game.

In his first season of playing college basketball, Davis has been among the best in the country when it comes to dishing out assists and limiting turnovers. So far this season, Davis boasts a 3.75 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is something that is just insane to see from a freshman. In total this season, Davis has just eight turnovers. 

He hasn’t really made many mistakes. 

Mississippi State basketball must keep an eye on Rutgers freshman Jamichael Davis

That sort of steady hand and smart basketball play is something that is rarely seen from such a young basketball player. He seems to have a solid understanding on how to fully incorporate his teammates into the offense while also keeping opposing defenses on their heels a bit. 

His overall stats aren’t exactly terrifying. He’s only averaging 5.2 points per game, 3 assists per game, and 1.3 steals per game, but Davis has scored in the double digits in his last two games since getting a shot to start. 

Davis is far from being the Scarlet Knights’ biggest scoring threat and he’s far from being an efficient shooter. So, that’s something he should probably work on and also an avenue the Bulldogs should try to exploit when they face Rutgers as it might be one of the biggest weaknesses Mississippi State can take advantage of.