NCB On The Trail: Eric Davis

Texas signs two ESPN 100 guards

November, 13, 2014
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Texas head coach Rick Barnes announced the signing of two ESPN 100 guards on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach Jr., both shooting guards ranked 41st and 99th, respectively, will join the Longhorns next season.

"Our entire staff is pleased to welcome both Eric and Kerwin into our program," Barnes told the schools website. "We wanted to add to our overall skill level and playmaking in the backcourt, and we needed to add length and athleticism to our backcourt. We also wanted to improve our perimeter scoring and shooting. And we needed to make sure we found individuals with high character, toughness and confidence. We accomplished all of those with the additions of Eric and Kerwin."

Davis averaged 27 points and five rebounds as a junior at Arthur Hill High, and Roach averaged 16.1 points last season at North Shore High School.

No. 41 Eric Davis commits to Texas 

September, 16, 2014
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Eric Davis, a combo guard from Saginaw, Michigan (Arthur Hill High School), and the 41st-ranked player in the ESPN 100 chose Texas over Michigan State, UNLV, and NC State today.

Why he committed: Davis made his official visit to Texas on Friday, Aug. 29. “Overall, it was a great visit and the players welcomed me in as if I was already part of the program,” said Davis. “I have developed a close relationship with coach [Rick] Barnes and assistant coach Rob Lanier. I was attracted to how Coach Barnes coaches and how he develops his players.

“I could relate to the personality of the team. I always thought about leaving home … it felt right.”

Nike EYBL awards 

April, 28, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The first session of the Nike EYBL unveiled a plethora of talent that will be showing up on college campuses in the near future. Ivan Rabb is ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2015 class, but if this weekend showed us anything, that ranking is anything but solidified going forward. LSU commit Ben Simmons exhibited his vast skill set throughout the weekend and is coming on strong, and this is just the Nike side of the story.

Best Prospect

Ben Simmons
2015, PF, 6-foot-9, 220 pounds
Status: Committed to LSU
Simmons has that prototypical Division I frame with length and upside. His skill set is perimeter-oriented and quite polished. He can face up and dissect the defense with his passing or drain the 3-point shot. His motor fluctuates and it would be ideal to see him impact the game in the paint more at both ends going forward.


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The Michigan Wolverines are having another strong season on the court this year, despite losing a pair of NBA players in Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. They are on top of the Big Ten standings playing without one of their main weapons in Mitch McGary, who had back surgery.

One thing that is evident under John Beilein and staff: They put effort into their evaluations and it pays off because most of their recruits fit their system.

Projecting needs for the 2015 class could vary based on who departs for the NBA, transfers and, of course, graduation. Their class for 2014 is ranked at No. 39. This is not a complete list, but here are some main targets for the Wolverines in the Class of 2015:

Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas /Bishop Gorman) Jalen Brunson (Chicago/Stevenson), Luke Kennard (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin) Carlton Bragg (Cleveland/ St. Joseph's), Diamond Stone (Milwaukee/ Dominican), Eric Davis (Saginaw, Mich./ Arthur Hill), Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake, Wis./Rice Lake).

Top players from LeBron camp Day 2 

July, 8, 2013
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LAS VEGAS -- The intensity was good for most of the competition on Sunday at the LeBron James Skills Academy, as the players utilized the concepts learned in drill work and applied them to the start of games. As with most competitive camp situations, the better-conditioned athletes and battle-tested players stood out.

Here’s a look at nine players who separated themselves with their performances on Day 2.

Justin Jackson (Tomball, Texas/HCYA)
2014, SF, 6-7, 185
Committed to North Carolina


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