The past few months had already been a the roller coaster for Daylin Davis, from committing to Washington Adventist in May to decommitting from the Division II basketball program a month later due to financial issues. In August, it seemed the former North Point guard had settled upon what his next step would be — a year of postgraduate education at Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore.
Then the phone rang.
“[Le Moyne College] Coach [Steve] Evans called me on the night before I was supposed to leave and said a scholarship had opened up,” Davis recalled. “I told him I couldn’t give him a ‘yes’ right then because I was signed up to play at Mount Zion Prep, so first I had to see if everything was good with me changing my decision.”
After getting the blessing from Mount Zion Prep as well as his family the next morning, Davis called Evans back to accept his offer. By August 14, Davis was enrolled into the Division II program and headed up to New York to begin his dream of playing college basketball.
As Davis recently recalled the whirlwind of events by phone while walking through the Syracuse-based campus, parts of the process still seemed surreal.
After averaging eight points as swingman to help North Point reach the Maryland 4A state final, Davis garnered interest from several schools, including Le Moyne, Washington Adventist, Longwood and Rider. Though he connected well with Evans and was intrigued by Le Moyne’s program, he ended up choosing Washington Adventist in May.
Ultimately, however, the amount of scholarship funding offered by Washington Adventist ended up being less than Davis had expected, leading him to decommit and consider a year of postgrad with Mount Zion Prep. Playing several games with Mount Zion and its roster, which also includes former Battlefield guard Roman Hall and former National Christian forward Zacarry Douglass, eventually sold Davis on the idea of using another year to improve his college potential.
Had Evans not called that night, Davis would likely be in Baltimore now. Instead, the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is in New York, admittedly far from home but enjoying his new college experience.
“I’d never been to the campus before but I felt comfortable because I knew Coach Evans, knew the school was nice and was impressed with his program,” Davis said. “He sees me as a guard and wing player that can slash and run the break like I did at North Point, and play defense and get buckets. I’m looking forward to the season.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 2
Number of Virginia Tech commits featured in Friday’s intriguing contest between No. 12 Hylton, which boasts dual-threat QB Travon McMillan, and No. 19 Stonewall Jackson, which possesses a playmaker in QB Greg Stroman.
–Saturday’s contest between Upper Marlboro powers Wise and Douglass will mark the first matchup of two schools that have turned the region into one of Maryland’s most successful football environments, as Chelsea Janes reports.
–Clarksburg, which returns 16 starters from a year ago, looks to start the season strong in Friday’s contest against Quince Orchard, which blanked the Coyotes, 42-0, last season.
–Two talented running backs in Woodgrove’s Josh Sweet and Tuscarora’s Noah Reimers will square off Friday after trading touchdowns in what ultimately was a Tuscarora win last year.
–Parity highlights Howard County football this season, beginning with Hammond vs. Mount Hebron and Wilde Lake vs. Howard.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
No. 11 Lake Braddock at No. 3 Stone Bridge, 7:30 p.m.
Two Northern Virginia powers will meet for the first time ever in a matchup of high-powered offenses and high implications as an early-season barometer.