Sun Devils will make cut for Davis

Arizona State has been a serious contender for one of the West's top-ranked center prospects in 2016, and that will remain the case for the foreseeable future.

LAS VEGAS -- Like a lot of uncommitted Top-100 level prospects, De'Ron Davis is planning to trim his list of colleges under consideration following completion of his AAU career this weekend.

Davis isn't tipping his hand too much just yet, but the 6-foot-9, 240 pound post player at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, did yield one important clue.

Arizona State is going to make the cut.

The Sun Devils have been very present at Davis' games here as he plays with the Colorado Hawks in the Adidas Summer Championships, and understandably so. Davis is the No. 56 prospect nationally and No. 4 center in the West. Since he's on nibbling on the hook, ASU coach Bobby Hurley is certainly going to try to reel him in.

"Even though they're new, I feel very comfortable with the coaching staff," Davis said Friday. "I've just got to see where everything leads. I'm going to take it down to five or six schools pretty soon. I know ASU will be in there. I've spent time getting to know the coaches. The last staff was recruiting me and I liked ASU and these coaches have been really good with me and so it's still going good.

"I just have to take a visit. There's only so much you can learn about a school from looking it up or talking to coaches. You have to go see what you think about it for yourself in person and just how it feels when you go. ASU is one of those schools where I've heard a lot of good things and now I just need to go and see how I like it there when I go and get a lot better feel for it."

Relationships have been established on the Adidas circuit and Davis has become close with a fellow Top-100 recruit who has ASU ties through a family member. Indianapolis shooting guard Eron Gordon, the brother of former ASU guard Evan Gordon and the No. 83 nationally, is also being recruited by the Sun Devils and someone Davis would like to play with.

"They're recruiting dudes I like and feel I can play with together," Davis said. "Just guys I've been around quite a bit playing this year and get along with and really like. That's a big thing too. Especially Eron."

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana and Texas are some of the other schools deeply involved in the recruitment.

"When I make my Top-5 or Top-6 then I'll set my visits. I might wait to the spring. I don't know for sure, we'll have to see how things are going as far as me being able to cut it down and get my visits in and everything. I don't want to rush it but if I can get it all done (for November) that'd be fine too."

Davis has averaged 14 points and 6.2 rebounds here for the Hawks, a presence on both ends of the floor for a team that is 4-1 through the first three days of action.

"We're doing decent," Davis said. "We've got to keep ourselves hungry. Two games a day is hard so hopefully we can keep our legs right, eat right and hopefully we can keep winning.

"I feel like I could knock down a couple more outside shots, knock down some more shots and be aggressive. I want to show college coaches I can play full games and keep my energy up through the whole game."


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