Cal Not Just Another Offer for Daejon Davis
LAS VEGAS -- On July 14, after seeing plenty during the early July evaluation period, the California basketball staff extended an offer to four-star Seattle (Wash.) Lakeside guard Daejon Davis. They saw him again multiple times during the final week of summer AAU ball in Las Vegas, and with each game, Davis got better.
“I was excited. I wasn't really expecting it,” Davis said of the offer from the Bears. “I’d just got done working out, so it was just a blessing. I can’t just say it’s another offer to add to my list. It’s a real option for my future, and I really like the school.”
Cal contacted Davis the first day teams were allowed to talk to 2017 prospects, back in June, and assistants Yanni Hufnagel and Wyking Jones have already formed strong bonds with the athletic 6-foot-3, 175-pounder.
“That’s the first guy that contacted me,” Davis said of Hufnagel. “We have a really good relationship. We talk about more than basketball, so that’s kind of nice. He’s a person I can depend on. He’s there for me, so I trust him … We just talk about life, school, we talk about how I’m doing, how my mom’s doing, my family, how my siblings are doing, just stuff like that – stuff that some coaches don’t ask. I could tell that he really cares about me and my future.”
The Bears see Davis as a combo guard, and he excelled in that role for Seattle Rotary last week, showing off a versatile skill set that includes driving, dishing and shooting. Perhaps most impressive was Davis’s passing acumen. There were maybe one or two ill-advised passes in the four games I saw of him, and at times he was a bit tentative to get into the fray when it came to rebounding or going after loose balls, but the positives – and his athletic ceiling – far outweigh those niggling issues.
Plenty of other teams are taking notice, too. Gonzaga offered him on Wednesday (July 29), and Arizona head coach Sean Miller watched him in Las Vegas. Davis went into Vegas with offers from the Bears, Washington, Washington State, Seattle, Nevada and Montana, while the Wildcats, Bulldogs, Boise State, Virginia and UCLA were showing major interest. It won’t be long before he starts adding to his offer sheet. But, as he said, Cal isn’t just another offer.
“First off, what I like about them, I like their coaching staff a lot,” Davis said of Cal. “I like the history of their recruiting, I like their location out in California, and the things I hear about it. Basically, they’re looking at me as a combo guard that they can depend on to hustle, make the right plays. They really like my playmaking and my decision-making.”
“The coaches are really approachable and relatable,” Davis added. “The way that they interact, it doesn’t seem like coaching. I could tell they’re really cool, down-to-earth guys that really want the best for me and my future.”
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