When D.J. Davis was a freshman, he shuddered at the thought of playing in front of scouts. He's since learned to embrace those moments.
Davis' ability to excel in the spotlight is serving him well this AAU season. The Net Gain (MN) wing is seeing his recruitment pick up.
"I really just block (college coaches) out and act like I'm on a stage to perform," Davis said. "It's not about me showing them everything I can do. I just go out and play and not try to do too much.
"Even if you're not playing great, you have to show that you're going 100 percent. If you're doing that and have potential, maybe they'll like it and be interested in you."
"Recruiting is going well," Davis said. "I've been getting a lot of attention; no offers yet but from some bigger schools."
Lehigh and Vermont also have been contacting Davis. He has visited North Dakota, North Dakota State and Nebraska-Omaha.
"With Iowa, they called and told my coach to tell me to keep up the good work, that they were evaluating me and were interested," Davis said.
Wisconsin was scouting a teammate when Davis caught their eye.
"They said they were very impressed with me and that they were going to follow me through my recruitment," he said.
Davis stands out on the defensive end of the floor. He feels like he can guard the 1-3 positions at the next level.
"I've been in the gym a lot trying to work on the things that college coaches said I couldn't do, which was create my own shot and be more aggressive with the ball," Davis said. "I've worked on shooting off of the dribble and improving my perimeter game instead of just playing defense and doing all of the dirty work.
Davis said he would like to play early in college and stay relatively close to his Minnesota home. He believes he'll get opportunities to do those things if he can show a more well-rounded game through the July evaluation period.
''(Scouts) just want to see if I'm a consistent player on the offensive side," Davis said. "They know I can play defense."