Another day, another Chicago recruit. This time it’s Kyle Davis, a kid with Barack Obama’s build but hopefully not his jump shot.
“The 6’2, 165-pound Davis also reportedly held offers from in-state schools Northwestern, Illinois State, Illinois-Chicago, and Chicago State, in addition to programs in the Big East and SEC. He is listed as a four-star recruit on Scout.com and ranked as the 21st shooting guard in the country. Rivals also has him as a four-star recruit and ranked 105th overall among all positions. ESPN does not rate Davis as highly, giving him a grade of 67 and a ranking of 63rd at his position.”
Davis committed to UD this past August, after fielding offers from Xavier, Marquette, Northwestern, Tennessee and Cincinnati among others. Davis transferred to Morgan Park last summer and led the Mustangs to their first state title in 37 years.
Davis sounds a bit like Kendall Pollard, a kid who was under the radar until his senior season, was overshadowed by Jabari Parker (Davis played AAU ball with Parker) and committed to UD before high-major programs had the chance to get seriously involved in his recruitment.
“I committed to Dayton because after sitting down with my family and talking to Coach Nick (Irvin), the decision was based on which school was best for me. They play my style of play and I have the opportunity to come in and do big things because they lose their starting point guard Kevin Dillard.”
I’m not even sure what UD’s style of play is. I have no idea how I would describe Dayton’s offensive philosophy if asked. Kevin Dillard dribbles until it is uncomfortable and the Flyers go from there??
The most exciting aspect of Davis’ game? He is a lefty. Tommy loves left-handed point-guards and doesn’t care who knows it.
Although Davis was often pegged as a small shooting guard, his play as a point guard this spring with the Mac Irvin Fire has opened the eyes of some national recruiting analysts.
“What’s impressive is how Kyle has developed into more of a point guard,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow. “Kyle is a kid who has looked to score in the past; now he is showing a better ability to run a team.”
The improvement as a point guard has helped Davis improve his stock, but the 6-foot lefty’s athleticism and defense have continued to stand out. When asked what mattered most to his success on the floor, Davis even acknowledged that his effort on defense took precedence.
“My role is just to play hard defense and make the other team turn the ball over so our guys can get easy baskets,” Davis said. “I want to get up-and-down, trap, press, and play fast.”
One aspect of Davis’ game that continually comes up is his skill set on the offensive end. Although he clearly has the build of a point-guard, his game most closely resembles that of a shooting-guard. Which, if I can spin for a minute, might make him one of Dayton’s more versatile players. Think a smaller Devin Oliver…
The 5-11 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.
Davis doesn’t seem like much of a threat from the outside, content to get the majority of his points in transition or getting to the rim in the half-court game. His lack of an outside touch shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it seems that incoming freshman come to college with increasingly unrefined skills.
Last thing, but maybe most importantly, Davis has the most advanced leg tattoo game I have ever seen. The sweaters will be patting their wallets every time Davis checks into a game:
Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.