After years of sustained offensive excellence, Texas failed to notch a top 50 scoring attack in the past two seasons. Enter Eric Davis. The newly committed shooting guard is one of the country's better pure backcourt scorers and should help restore UT's place among the offensive elite.
Davis competed at numerous key events, including his time with The Family on the EYBL circuit as well as at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
Our first looks at Davis took place during his sophomore season. Already a gifted scorer, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Iowa State, Rhode Island, Oregon and Iowa were among those who took notice early.
Davis proceeded through his junior year and continued to draw interest and offers, but interestingly, even as of mid-summer he'd yet to mention the Longhorns prominently.
All the while, however, he continued racking up numbers and cementing his place among the top guards in the Class of 2015. He enjoyed some huge games at the Peach Jam and also impressed at USA Basketball in the late summer.
By the end of July, Texas had made a strong impression and locked up an official visit. He traveled to Austin as well as UNLV officially while also continuing to weigh interest from Michigan, Michigan State, LSU and N.C. State.
But UT's momentum proved impossible to dislodge, and now the 'Horns have their first 2015 commitment.
Davis is a scoring specialist, and he has the numbers to back it up. The slender guard averaged a strong 17 points per game for The Family versus stout EYBL competition, and he accomplished that production without as much help as some of the other teams in the league.
|Davis frequently scores from the more neglected areas of the court|
He's highly effective anywhere from 15-21 feet. Davis possesses three-point range but is even more comfortable from the middle areas. He likes to dart around off-ball screens and pulls up nicely shooting off the curl. His jump shooting form is excellent and he lofts a soft, backspin ball toward the rim.
His first step is impressive as well. Davis can create his own shot one-on-one, typically preferring to pull up for jumpers but also sometimes attacking the bucket and either scoring or drawing a foul. And at the charity stripe, he connected on 77 percent on 81 attempts with The Family. Given that his dribbling is plenty solid for a two-guard, he also projects to be a steady secondary ballhandler.
Defensively, at 6-3 he's tall enough to guard college wings yet also sufficiently quick to spend some time defending the opponent's primary ballhandler as needed.
Davis will need to gain strength, of course, which could affect him as a freshman but shouldn't pose much trouble thereafter.
Additionally, he must improve his three-point accuracy. Albeit a capable long-range shooter now, he shot under 30 percent on threes with The Family. He's more of a scorer than a pure shooter, and that's fine, but to maximize his contributions at Texas he'll need to knock down a higher percentage from distance.
The bottom line is that scoring is what he does best, because his occasional attempts to be more of a playmaker haven't proceeded smoothly. Honing his efforts toward efficient, prolific scoring will be key.
Bright things await Davis at Texas. Given his obvious talent, he could play just about anywhere; but he projects even better for the Longhorns.
The fit should prove highly mutually beneficial. Davis doesn't focus on defense as much now as he should, a common issue with high school performers, and at UT he'll have to dedicate himself to defense.
Meanwhile, his natural scoring ability will help lift a program needing more offense. While the incoming freshman class appears strong, it's a little light on scoring. Thus, Davis could play more early than one might expect, even with some physical development hurdles to clear.
In the big picture, it's understandable if a 6-3 hoopster regards point guard as his ultimate position. And while that transition appears to be a few years away, a combo-type role ultimately may serve Davis best. In the interim, however, he'll step in and give the Longhorns immediate scoring oomph.