Jon Davis came into his official visit to DePaul this weekend as a 2015 recruit, but DePaul coach Oliver Purnell convinced Davis to accelerate his schedule and become a Blue Demon for 2014. Davis will fill the shoes of another guard out of Baltimore – Brandon Young.
"On my visit, they were really pushing me to be 2014, just because of the simple fact, Brandon Young their lead guard, graduates and is leaving this year," said Davis. "So next year, they said that they need a scoring guard. They said they didn't want to wait till next year. They said I fit their system perfectly. Coach Purnell likes my game. They said that once I get on campus and work with the strength and conditioning coach, I will really excel."
Davis chose DePaul for 2014 after receiving interest from Cincinnati, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia, VCU, and Xavier as a 2015 prospect.
"I felt like DePaul would give me the best chance to excel not just at basketball, but also academically," said Davis. "They give me the best chance after basketball and once I graduate. I feel like they put me in the best position for life."
Davis also liked the urban appeal of the City of Chicago and DePaul University.
"It was real nice," said Davis. "They showed me the city. They showed me the school. They showed me everything that DePaul had to offer and I liked it. The city and the school speak for itself. When I went to visit, it was more than I expected. I didn't know DePaul was laid out like that. I thought it was more on the outskirts of Chicago."
Jon also got to witness the Big East Tip-Off Party that was aired on FOX Sports 1 on Friday night.
"It was nice." Jon said of the party. "They said that was the first time that FOX Sports came there. I liked the student fanbase. They came out and showed a lot of support."
Davis' relationship with new DePaul assistant coach Renard Phillips was a big factor in choosing the Blue Demons.
"Renard was a coach when I first started playing basketball in AAU," said Jon. "(Earlier this year), he called me to say that if I get this job at DePaul, I'm going to call you. I liked DePaul a lot because Renard Phillips is from around where I am at. I've known him since I was 11. I know how he is. My parents trust him. I trust him. Plus, it's an all basketball school. He's been working with me since I was 11."
Davis joins juco transfer Rashaun Stimage and Illinois transfer Myke Henry in the 2014 recruiting class for DePaul.
Jon also plans on recruiting others from his area to come on board with the Blue Demons.
"(2016 guard) Ako Adams was there too," said Davis. "He really loved it too. I'm going to do my best (to recruit him)."
Davis should fit in perfectly with Billy Garrett, Jr. in the Blue Demons backcourt next season.
"I'm a 6-2 athletic combo guard," said Davis. "Scoring is the best facet of my game. I can defend anyone from 5-10 to 6-5. I'm pretty strong, pretty quick, with a real quick first step. I finish real well around the basket."
Before Davis arrives at DePaul, he will complete his senior year at Clinton Christian High School in Maryland. His squad is one of the state's best.
"I think we have, if not the best team, one of the best teams in the area," said Davis. "We've got a whole lot of talent. We've got good coaches. The talent is coming together, we just picked up (DC Assault teammate and DePaul 2015 recruit) LeRoy Butts. I mean that's something to look forward to. I think we've got a really good team."
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