Aurora (CO) Overland freshman DeRon Davis has not played a single high school basketball game yet, but already has three scholarship offers from Indiana, Colorado and Arkansas.
The 6-8, 210-pound man-child – who already wears a size 18 ½ shoe and has been told by doctors he could grow to 7-1 - was on hand for Arkansas' Elite Camp Saturday for a second straight year.
"(Former Arkansas track star and Olympian) Mike Conley and my coach (George Williams) started the Arkansas Hawks AAU team back in the day and then my coach came to Colorado and started the Colorado Hawks," Davis said. "They kept that connection and that's how I came down here the first year. I wanted to come back because I really enjoy the program and those around it."
Davis is ranked as the second-best 2016 prospect nationally by Future150.com and fourth in the country by Nations Elite Prospects.com.
He said Razorback head coach Mike Anderson and his staff have left an impression on him.
"The coaches here at Arkansas are all really nice people and they look for the best in you – as both a person and a player," Davis said. "That means a lot to me."
He says that fact that Arkansas has not had success lately is something he feels Anderson is about to put in the past.
"A lot of people have said that Arkansas is not a great college program right now, but I believe in Coach Anderson and I know that in four years he is going to have this program back with the elite programs in the country," Davis said. "I could see myself being a part of that and I will definitely take an official visit when the time comes."
Davis attended the Arkansas camp Saturday along with a pair of fellow Colorado Hawks and Razorback targets in 2015 point guard Austin Conway (5-9 with Indiana offer) and 2015 small forward Troy Green (6-6).
Davis has already landed the three offers – all coming after last week's standout performance at the Super 64 15-and-under tournament in Las Vegas - and has interest from several other schools.
"Indiana gave me my first offer and then CU and then Arkansas, who is probably recruiting me the hardest of any of those three schools," Davis said. "I have a lot of other colleges like Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan that are looking at me."
Davis said he is in no way getting the big head at this point.
"I'm just staying humble – no matter what the coaches or the scouts say," Davis said. "I mean I haven't even played my first high school game yet. I haven't done anything yet."
Davis feels like his shooting ability as a big man is a strength, but is dedicated to improving his all around game.
"I don't think there is really one best part of my game although I do think that the coaches like the fact that I am a big man with a shot," Davis said. "I am just working on every facet of my game. Things like getting better dribbling with both hands, driving, pulling up and shooting."
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