Why All-American RJ Davis could be college basketball’s National Player of the Year

RJ Davis has completed his first four years of college basketball and has opted to give it another season. Davis is using the allotted playing year due to the recent COVID pandemic in the world. Luckily, he opted to use that year despite having arguably one of the best seasons in UNC basketball history during the 2023-2024 campaign.

The question now is, “Can Davis become National Player of the Year?”

Well, I’m here to tell you he can – it’s so possible.

Last season’s National Player of the Year, Zach Edey, a 7-foot-2 center from Purdue, has left the college scene and is headed to the pros. His award made him the winner for two consecutive seasons. A departure like this could potentially make Davis the preseason frontrunner.

Davis averaged 21.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 42.8 percent overall from the field. Carolina fans who have closely followed his career can attest to the growth he has made, and it is evident.

Now, in his senior year, he can go out on a high note (maybe not as big as winning the state championship, but you know what I mean).

The White Plains native has a great group around him and, most importantly, Elliot Cadeau. De Frosh was able to unlock Davis’ scoring power this past year, taking the point guard’s responsibilities off his shoulders. Cadeu averaged 7.3 points, 4.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds while starting in 31 of 37 games. Those two guys were able to form one of the most dynamic backcourts in college basketball.

In addition to Cadeau, he has great scorers to help boost the numbers, while rising Belmont shooter Cade Tyson is showing promising signs. Along with Jalen Washington, who is having a breakout season in the absence of Chapel Hill legend Armando Bacot, who is on his way to the pros.

The additions of incoming freshmen Ian Jackson and Drake Powell could also free up Davis offensively.

It’s more than likely that teams will be guarding Davis through the 2024-2025 season, but given his work ethic and the progress he’s made each year, there’s no doubt he’ll be prepared for that.

All things considered, this is why Davis can win the National Player of the Year award. But perhaps he prefers to win on the last Monday of the season.