This weekend marks an exciting time for fans of Gonzaga Bulldogs. While practice technically started earlier in early October, Kraziness in The Kennel is the unofficial moment where basketball season begins in Spokane. Equally important for Gonzaga is the fact that every piece of the potential 2017 recruiting class will be on campus. Along with current commit, Corey Kispert, the Zags will host their other priority recruit, as Daejon Davis will make his official visit to Spokane.
Gonzaga will be the third visit for the talented Seattle guard. Over the past two weeks, he has already made trips to Eugene and Palo Alto.
“Oregon had a very good atmosphere at the football game,” Davis explained. “They had great fans, and I just clicked with the coaching staff. Every coach I met, I really liked. I also have a great connection with Payton (Pritchard) and Keith (Smith), because I played with them when I was younger. So they are good guys to talk with about everything.”
His trip to The Farm was different than the one to Oregon, but there were still some intriguing pieces.
“Stanford was a bit different since I didn’t know anyone,” said the Seattle native. “It was a very different campus and it just had different goals and expectations from their students. Stanford is a great place and they have great new coaches who are hungry to prove themselves.”
With those two visits behind him, the Scout 100 talent is eager to finally make a visit to a school that has been recruiting him for years.
“I just want to know what the environment is going to be like,” the Garfield star said. “I want to know what it’s going to be like day-to-day with the players and coaches. I also want to get a feel for the community and just see the support that I am going to have from the coaches and the fans.”
Having never been to campus before, the priority recruit is going in with an open mind to everything.
“I’m coming in with a clear mind and open eyes, and taking everything in so I can get a great feel for the place. Obviously, I have my criteria, but I am just looking forward to seeing what Gonzaga has to offer. All of the schools can offer good basketball and a good education. So I want to see the extra intangibles that these schools have.”
Davis will be joined on the visit by Corey Kispert, who will be on campus for an unofficial trip to his future home.
“It’s going to be nice to see the type of people that I could be spending the next four years with,” the Garfield guard said. “I’m sure that all the schools recruiting me have capable players, but I need to see how off the court I fit in and I how I can bond with the guys. I’m a very outgoing and easygoing guy who can thrive in any environment, but there are some places and situations I prefer. Hopefully, I get a feel that Gonzaga is a place I can be at for four years.”
After his trip to Spokane, Davis has visits scheduled to Arizona and Washington. However, he isn’t necessarily in a rush to make his decision right after that.
“I’m definitely going to finish and take all my visits,” he emphasized. “As I get closer towards the end of my visits, I will have a better idea about each of the programs. Obviously, my commitment to Washington was an in the moment deal, and that got the best of ne. I’m just trying to let everything sink in and not rush into a decision. At the same time, I know other schools are recruiting other players, so I’m still going to take my time, but I don’t want to miss out on any of the opportunities that I might have.”