Friday, February 04, 2005
By Drew Godfrey
UA Media Relations
Opposing guards seem to be putting a little extra air under their shots when UA sophomore center Jermareo Davidson is under the basket. The Atlanta native ranks among the top five in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding, and, going into Saturday afternoon’s game at Florida, he has a three-game streak going where he’s grabbed ten or more rebounds with 13 at Ole Miss, 14 at Auburn and 10 this past Sunday night at home against Georgia. He’s scored 20 or more points twice this season, including 21 points both at Vanderbilt and at Charlotte. And to compliment that scoring and rebounding, the 6-foot-10, 210 pound 2004 Freshman All-SEC team member is swatting down an average of 1.5 shots a game and blocked four shots in Alabama’s road games at Alabama State and at Alaska, and blocked three shots in games against Temple andNew Orleans.
Before practice recently, I spoke with Davidson about his basketball career, both realistic and virtual. Unlike many in the SEC this year, I was not “rejected.”
Jermareo, in your first season as a starter at Alabama, you advanced to the 2004 NCAA tournament’s Elite 8. What was that like for you?
“It felt really good. It was good experience for me and helped get me prepared for the next time.”
I’ve heard through the grapevine you are an avid video-gamer. What was the last game you played?
“I think it was NBA Live 2005 with one of my teammates.”
When you play games such as EA Sports March Madness or ESPN College Basketball do you ever play as yourself?
“Whenever I get a chance I do. Of course I shoot with myself every time.”
What is your most memorable personal accomplishment?
“Just being able to make it to college and play right away. I am proud of that.”
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
“I’ve got to rest and take a shower before every game. I usually take about an hour nap and then come to the gym and work on some post moves.”
You’re currently studying human environmental sciences. What do you hope to do when you leave Alabama?
“Yeah, I don’t know about that (HES). I want to do something with computer graphics, maybe even design my own video game.”