Kyle Davis, a senior guard from Morgan Park High School in Chicago, gave a verbal commitment to the University of Dayton on Sunday night, picking the Flyers over several power conference schools.
The 6-foot left-hander had scholarship offers from Marquette, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Xavier and Nebraska, according to Rivals.com. He averaged 25 points and seven assists as a junior last season at Hyde Park Academy, where he played varsity for three seasons before transferring this year.
Davis visited UD last weekend and said he turned down an invitation to make a trip to Butler this week.
“After the visit, I came back and sat down and talked to my mother and father about everything, talked to my brother and also talked to my coach, Nick Irvin, to make sure I was making the right decision. And they told me if I feel it’s going to be right for me, go ahead and do it,” said Davis, who played for the Mac Irvin Fire on the AAU circuit.
“What made it feel right is coach Archie Miller and assistant coach (Tom) Ostrom were at almost all of my games this summer and supported me from day one. If we lost, they stayed the whole game. When we weren’t playing, they called to see how I was doing and how my mother and family were doing. Then, when I came on a visit, they accepted me like I was already a part of the team.”
Davis said all of those BCS-level schools were still pursuing him, “but nobody recruited me harder than Dayton.”
One scouting service said “Davis’ unique blend of quickness, speed, athleticism and toughness are undeniable. Plus, he’s a dangerous finisher, especially for his size.”
A recruiting update in the Chicago Tribune said: “Davis’ style could make him a difficult fit for college teams. He has two-guard skills in a point guard’s body, but his speed, tenacity and ability to finish are irresistible.”