Davis Has Coaches Flocking North
Denham Brown is a bit of a trailblazer. The big time scorer took his game from Toronto to Storrs and may have paved the way for another big timer from up north.
It's probably time we introduced you to Theo Davis, a 6-10 forward from Marian Academy right outside Toronto. He's already being recruited on the same level Brown was and he's only a sophomore.
"At this stage, in terms of talent, they're similar," GrassRoots Canada head coach Ro Russell said. "In terms of recruitment and exposure, Theo's way ahead of Denham. I think only Utah, Toledo, St. Bonaventure and Virginia Tech were Denham's biggest schools at this point.
"Denham has kind of paved the way for a guy like Theo to get more exposure and opportunities earlier. In terms of talent, they're similar. Denham could always shoot. For Theo, his biggest strength is his versatility. He's very skilled."
And coaches are taking note.
On Monday, Southern Cal head coach Henry Bibby made a special trip to see Davis. He openly wondered to Russell if the Trojans would even stand a chance recruiting him. In September, 18 schools made their way to see Davis. Four or five more are coming this weekend or in early January.
From Arizona to North Carolina to Texas, schools have been making the trip en masse to see the kid who is averaging 22 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks. No, the competition level isn't the same as it is across the board in the States but there are 4 million people in Toronto. "The competition is very good. He does have some teams that have players and power forwards that he matches up against."
Marian Academy heads south Dec. 28-30 to take on Detroit Country Day in the Motor City Roundball Classic. You can almost better another handful of recruiters will be in the house.
At this point, Russell is extremely happy with the progress Davis has made but that's not saying the coach or the player are complacent. "We're just not going to let him stop developing."