Davis gives needed firepower

Texas landed a big piece to their future in four-star guard Eric Davis.

Before the 2013-14 season, Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes found himself a bit on the hot seat, at least in the eye of public opinion. However the Longhorns had a terrific season, and this year looks set as the core of that team remains intact. Now Texas has brought in a huge piece to their future puzzle as well.

At Texas they seemingly have always been able to recruit talented power forwards and centers. In fact for the near future the Longhorns are simply loaded with bigs in the frontcourt. Depending how long players stick in school, five-star prospects like Myles Turner and Cameron Ridley are scheduled to be on campus for a few more years, and also productive rotational guys like Connor Lammert and Prince Ibeh will be around as well.

Now with the commitment of Eric Davis, the Longhorns have an explosive scorer that they can add to the equation. Even before this commitment it isn’t like Texas was short on bodies, they have Kendal Yancy, Damarcus Croaker, and Martez Walker all on the wing. Still Yancy and Croaker struggled to get significant minutes as freshmen and Walker is now facing a suspension.

Also there are starting guards Javan Felix and Isaiah Taylor, but neither of them are bigger guards with much versatility on either end of the floor. That is where Davis fits in.

Davis has made his name as an elite scorer, and he is just that. At 6-foot-3 with good athleticism, Davis has always been able to put the ball in the basket, and he does it in a variety of ways. He is a very good catch and shoot guy from three, and then also is excellent in the mid-range when he uses two dribbles to create for himself.

Beyond that Davis is showing some signs of being able to handle the point position in short stretches. He still is definitely not a true point guard or the guy you want running your team long term, but still Davis handles the ball well, and does a solid job of limiting turnovers, even if running the team isn’t natural to him.

With Felix graduating from Texas following Davis’ freshman season, Davis should have a great opportunity to play in a starting role next to Taylor by year two. He is an efficient scorer that fits well next to Taylor’s aggressive style, and also gives the Longhorns more size and athleticism in the backcourt, which is something they do need until Yancy or Croaker manages to emerge as a quality rotational player.

Overall this is a very good get for the Longhorns, and though he is stepping into a young and talented roster, Davis should find a way to land quality playing time from day one, and soon could find himself in a starting role.

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