As Sully announced in his last blog, the award-winning staff at the Blackburn Review will spend the next few weeks bringing you hard-hitting/highly-researched blogs about the new kids on the block. Shortly after our previous coach resigned to take a job at another school with a basketball team, my hope was that we could keep TWO members of this year’s incoming class. Fortunately, The General was able to trick nearly the entire bunch to stay, no doubt touting the #1 ranked Discover Arts program as ammo. Let’s take a look at two of these fellas: Jordan Davis and Jordan Pierce.
Three-star shooting guard Jordan Davis comes in as the first player in Dayton basketball history from South Carolina. After fielding offers from roughly twenty other Division I programs – including Butler, Xavier, and that dump down in Richmond – Davis was the first commit to the 2017 class.
At Dutch Fork High School, Jordan began playing (and starting) for the varsity team in the eighth grade and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,659 points). His high school career averages were 22.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and was named a “Top 5 Player” in South Carolina his senior year. Furthermore, Davis will be majoring in Sports Management, which gives him a slightly higher chance of finding employment at places besides Enterprise Rent-A-Car after graduation.
In a DDN article written last summer by our boy Jablo, Davis’s high school coach was quoted as saying: “In my opinion, he’s going to be the best basketball player to come out of Dutch Fork. We’ve been here for 20-25 years now. He comes from a great family. Jordan’s a very quiet kid. He’s ‘Yes, sir. No, sir.’ He doesn’t care if he scores 30. He doesn’t care if he scores 10. He just wants to win and help the team get better, which is a rarity of a player his stature. You don’t get that a lot. He’s a good kid.”
The kid is coming in with hopes of earning a starting role, as our last coach sold him on the number of guys that were graduating after last season.
Big-man Jordan Pierce and his 6’11” frame hails from the state of New Jersey, where he averaged 12.1 points and 9.5 rebounds his senior season. Our guy likes to play with a little bit of “oomph,” as seen in regards to the backboard he demolished in December:
…to the time he tried to throw down against Kentucky commit Nick Richards:
Needless to say, Dayton is now overflowing with size for the first time in ages, and it’s safe to assume Pierce will get some solid minutes from the jump. In another Jablo masterpiece, Pierce attributed the campus atmosphere, time spent with our old coach and players, and Coach Kuwik writing him a letter EVERY SINGLE DAY as his reasons for committing. He added that him and Charles Cooke watched the movie “Don’t Breathe” while on his official visit – a very intriguing recruiting tactic indeed. We can all look forward to watching him and the second tallest player on the team, Kostas, to hopefully provide one HELL of a big man combo out there.
Keep an eye out for the next installment of this highly anticipated series. In the meantime, enjoy the last bit of what I’m hoping is a very LOWD summer for y’all.