Kelvin Davis (basketball)

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Kelvin Davis (July 12, 1959, New Brunswick, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player who became the oldest rookie to play in the American Basketball Association, when he debuted at age 47 during the 2007 season.

Davis was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on July 12, 1959 to parents Matthew and Verba Davis. In 1961, his family moved to Evergreen, Alabama where he was an all around athlete; he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. In basketball, Kelvin averaged 21 points per game. Kelvin also made the all state Team was the most valuable player in Conecuh County, Alabama.

After graduating from high school Davis was offered a basketball scholarship to Jefferson Davis Jr. College in Brewton, Alabama. Two years later he was offered a scholarship to Alabama State University. In 1982 he graduated from ASU with a degree in Physical Education with a minor in Biology.

In 1982, Davis became a member of Rice Temple Church where he met his wife Stephanie. To this union was born Danielle, Kelvin Jr. and Princeton Davis.

In 1991, Davis moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he Pastored the Victory Temple Church. Kelvin also started teaching school for the Huntsville City Schools.

In 2004 Davis moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he started a paint contracting business. Throughout his life, he never lost the passion and love of basketball. His dream of becoming a professional basketball player never died.

At the age of 47, Davis' dream was realized when he was recruited by the Atlanta Vision team of the American Basketball Association by its coach Dennis Scott, formerly of the Orlando Magic.[1] Davis became the oldest rookie in the history of the ABA.[2] Davis' ultimate goal is play in the NBA. With faith, commitment and tenacity he believes that this dream will also become a reality.


  1. ^ Schmitz, Brian. "For Scott's ABA team, age nothing but a big number.", Orlando Sentinel, November 26, 2006. Accessed March 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Boylan, Michael. "Fayetteville's Davis now an established veteran for the ABA's Atlanta Vision"[permanent dead link], The Citizen, November 20, 2007. Accessed March 22, 2008. "Last year, Fayetteville resident Kelvin Davis was the ABA's oldest rookie. This year, Davis, a point guard for the Atlanta Vision, is simply the oldest player."