Devin Davis is a 6'-5" inside player for Warren Central and starred with the Eric Gordon All-Stars 15 and Under AAU team this past summer. He attacks the basket as well as anyone and has excellent athleticism. His AAU coach Matt Green describes his game.
"Devin Davis comes to play hard every game. He's a slasher. He's got to work on midrange back to the three point line. He's not a great shooter at this point, but he's a great rebounder, great on the boards.
"He's got to get a better left hand about him. He's all right handed right now. He's just a sophomore, so he's got a ways to go."
Considering his potential and determination to improve, any weaknesses are likely temporary. Speaking during an AAU tournament this summer, Davis says he is an eager learner.
"I'm doing real good. Just working real hard, trying to get better and trying to get my teammates better."
He agrees his strengths are rebounding and going to the basket. The form on his three point shot needs work, but he is money from the free throw line. So it is probably just a matter of time and effort before he has a well-rounded game.
"I'm always gonna be working on my outside shot. I just want to get better overall."
Davis is in no hurry to decide on a college, but he appreciates the offer from Illinois.
"It's nice. It's still time to look for colleges. I like Illinois."
Besides the Illini, what are his other offers at this point?
"Purdue, Xavier and Indiana. It's really interesting. I just go with it and take it all in."
He has a number of other prominent schools showing interest including Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan, and Butler. Given his style on the court, he prefers a college that fits his game.
"I'm looking for a team that likes to run and get up and down the court."
The EG All-Stars 15U team won most of its games this summer. The threesome of Davis, Basil Smotherman and Zak Irvin played a tremendous team game both offensively and defensively to subdue opponents. His team is well coached and functions as one unit. And it is highly motivated.
"Yes, we're trying to do our best in every tournament every time we take the floor."
Davis is looking forward to the future at Warren Central also.
"We lost in the second round of the state championships. We were really young. We'll hopefully try to go farther this year."