Sunday, September 8, 2013
Four-star Davis big get for Dayton
By Adam Finkelstein
Dayton picked up a major commitment from 6-foot-4 combo guard Darrell Davis (Detroit, Mich./Douglass Academy for Young Men) on Sunday morning. The four-star prospect also held an offer from in-state powerhouse Michigan State.
What does this mean for the Flyers?
Why he committed: In a day and age when the highest level often wins out for most recruits, Davis took the road less traveled by sticking with the program that has pursued him the longest and the hardest.
“They’d been on me hard all summer, through the ups and the downs,” Davis said. “I knew I was their top option, and I didn’t want to go somewhere where I felt like I was a second option to somebody else they didn’t get.”
What he brings: Davis is an attacking, playmaking guard with a natural talent for putting the ball in the basket. He’s built to score and plays with an aggressive mindset but will also create shots for his teammates when opposing defenses collapse on his dribble penetration. While he’s an attacker by nature, he can also beat you with the jumper, especially when he gets hot. His combination of size and ball skills also allows him the versatility to play either guard spot, and once he adds some muscle to his frame, he’ll be potentially capable of playing any of the three perimeter positions.
How he fits: With two highly talented incoming freshman guards in Dayshon Smith and Kyle Davis, Dayton has now put together a three-guard rotation that should eventually be among the Atlantic 10’s best. Equally important is the versatility the trio offers within Dayton’s up-tempo, ball-screen-oriented style. All three guards are capable of playing on or off the ball, in the open floor and the half court. With three potential outlet options, they’re built to transition from the defensive end especially quickly and will also be able to expose any opposing team looking to hide a perimeter defender since all three are capable of utilizing ball screens. The fact that there is a combination of righties and lefties allows Dayton coach Archie Miller further flexibility, in that he’ll be able to attack the paint from either side of the floor when designing his offense.
Who he reminds us of: He’s reminiscent of former Dayton guard Brian Roberts, with just a shade of C.J. McCollum. The parallels with Roberts stem from the fact that they’re both scoring guards who are most naturally suited off the ball but still capable of sliding over to the point, especially late in the game or deep in the shot clock. Davis is similar to McCollum in that he’s got a catch-and-shoot game but also scores in a variety of ways inside the arc with floaters, pull-ups and other shots in his repertoire.
How the class is shaping up: Davis is the first prospect to commit in the 2014 class, but this was just the start Dayton was looking for. Not only is it landing a highly talented guard who fits in with its personnel and schemes, but the ability to go into the state of Michigan and steal one away from the Spartans also gives them some serious recruiting momentum to build off of moving forward.