College coaches peppered the crowd at the Reebok Breakout Classic in July, but Jon Davis was well aware that most weren’t there to see him. Instead, the attention rested on Emmanuel Mudiay, the third-ranked player in the class of 2014 and the star of that day’s opponent for Davis and his D.C. Assault teammates.
But all it took was two possessions for Davis to steal the spotlight and ultimately earn an offer from Oklahoma State, adding another suitor to the junior guard’s growing list.
At the close of the fourth quarter and with D.C. Assault up by double digits, Mudiay gave the coaches what they came to see, knocking down four straight three-pointers and putting his team in control — that is, until Davis asserted himself.
On the next trip down the floor, Davis switched off on Mudiay and used solid defense to force the Texas-based guard into a bad shot. Then, with the tables turned on the other end of the floor, Davis drained a jump shot in Mudiay’s face.
If not for a sprained ankle that sent Davis to the sidelines, the spurt might have lasted long enough for Assault to pull off the win. But Oklahoma State Coach Travis Ford had seen enough. Last week, he called up Davis’s father with a scholarship offer and some pretty high praise.
“He said he liked how hard I played and that some the qualities I had are some of the ones he saw in Marcus Smart,” Davis said in reference to the star Cowboy sophomore. “They said they were recruiting Mudiay, but they also wanted to recruit me now, too.”
Similar words are likely to be relayed to Davis in the future as he prepares to play at a new school after transferring to Clinton Christian and with a new plan after reclassifying to the class of 2015. Davis averaged 17 points per game at National Christian last year but admits that he struggled to find consistency on the floor.
As a combo guard, Davis makes his greatest impact on the scoreboard, pouring in points with his quick first step, accurate pull-up jumper and size at 6-2, 170 pounds.
At Clinton Christian, he will play for coaches Mike Sumner and Christian “Fat Cat” Cole, who has trained Davis for the last three years, as well as former Bowie forward Develle Phillips, making the Eagles a team to watch this winter.
“I had planned on leaving National Christian because it just didn’t seem to be the right fit academically and athletically,” Davis said. “I was looking for a school and once I heard Fat Cat was going to Clinton Christian, my father and I felt like it’d be a good fit since we’re comfortable with him.”
As a member of the 2015 class, Davis plans to play one season at Clinton Christian and then attend prep school for a year. In that time, Davis hopes to elevate his skills and exposure before making a college choice among a list of schools that currently includes Cincinnati, DePaul, Penn State Seton Hall and Towson along with interest from N.C. State and Xavier.
Davis’s strong summer on the circuit served as another high note on an impressive AAU campaign for D.C. Assault. The 17-U team punctuated an undefeated July run by winning the Under Armour Summer Jam in Milwaukee and the Las Vegas Fab 48. O’Connell guard and Maryland commit Melo Trimble was named MVP of both events.
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