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Apr 26, 2013 11:48 PM by UL Sports Information

UL Hoops Signs Abbeville Native J.J. Davenport

LAFAYETTE, La. - Jaqwaylon (J.J.) Davenport, a two-sport all-district honoree from Abbeville High School who played basketball the last two years at New Mexico Junior College, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Louisiana and play basketball in 2013-14. Ragin' Cajuns head coach Bob Marlin made the announcement on Friday (April 26).

Davenport, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, joins Kimani Jackson (Arlington, TX/Seguin) and Hayward Register (Lafayette, La./Comeaux), both of whom signed with the Cajuns during the early signing period in November, and Xavian Rimmer (Jackson, Miss./Pearl River JC), who joined the Cajuns last week.

"J.J. is another player who is going to make us a better basketball team," Marlin said. "He's a winner. He won in high school and junior college and he has that attitude that he will do whatever we need him to do to succeed. We can't get enough of that on our team."

"We watched him play two years ago in high school and he has matured and improved since then. He has good hands and feet and most importantly, he is a different player from what we have and that is good.

"We thought were two shortcomings on the court last year was depth and rebounding and J.J. is going to help us get better with both. He is an area rebounder. When he gets his hands on a ball, he is strong enough to keep it," Marlin added.

A 6-7, 320-pound forward, Davenport averaged 6.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 9.0 minutes, helping New Mexico Junior College to a 27-6 record. The team advanced to the championship game of the regional tournament and also qualified for the national tournament.

He was coached at New Mexico JC by James Miller.

As a freshman in 2011-12, he averaged 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game. He played in 30 games with eight starts, helping the team to a 23-9 record.

A native of Abbeville, La., Davenport earned first team all-district honors in both football and basketball as a senior.

He averaged 11.3 points per game as a senior, helping Abbeville to a second place finish in the state tournament. He was coached at Abbeville High Berwick Hamilton.

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