Darrell Davis, a senior shooting guard from Detroit, has seen his stock soar from his play on the summer AAU circuit, and he’s picked up scholarship offers from some marquee schools like Michigan State and Florida State.
But Davis is visiting Dayton this weekend, and he said the reason he has UD high on his list is because the coaches made him a priority even before he became a high-profile recruit.
“I wanted to come down there because they’ve been on me since Day 1,” Davis said by phone Thursday night as he was boarding his flight to Dayton. “They’ve been blowing up my phone, and the coaches have been to all of my games. And when I have a bad game, (assistant Tom) Ostrom, he brings me back up.”
Davis, who plans to be at UD through Sunday, is scheduled to visit Michigan State later this month, but he expects to keep the Flyers in the mix to the end.
“If Dayton didn’t have a shot, I wouldn’t come there on an official visit,” he said. “I’m only going on an official visit to places I think have a shot of me going to their school. Dayton has a big shot of me coming there.”
The 6-foot-4, 150-pound Davis, who played for the AAU Michigan Hurricanes, cracked the Rivals.com list of top-150 seniors at No. 102. ESPN recruiting analyst Reggie Rankin saw the Hurricanes at an event in Milwaukee in July, and Davis popped off the page.
“I always try to watch some of the Midwest teams so, in case someone like this kid surfaces, I can have an opinion on him,” Rankin said. “He just grabbed me right away.
“He shoots it, takes it to the basket, can drive and kick it. He’s thin, but he plays stronger than he appears. He’ll obviously have to add strength. But I was very impressed with him.”
UD landed a top-40 recruiting class in 2013 with two top-150 recruits in guards Scoochie Smith and Kyle Davis. In the 2014 class, Darrell Davis, who attends Detroit Douglass Academy, might even be a notch above.
“I think he’d be a really, really great fit at the Atlantic 10 level,” Rankin said. “He would be a guy who could be counted on to contribute as a freshman.
“The value is you can play him with a point guard or without a point guard. And the way (coach Archie Miller) and them play with that spread — four out, one in — he’ll be able to get in the seams and get in gaps and make two people play him. And then he can find guys or get shots.”