Detroit combo guard Darrell Davis reports an Iowa offer and has strong interest in the school. He runs with REACH Legends in AAU and preps at Douglass Academy.
"Coach (Andrew) Francis keeps in contact with me often and we've built a relationship that I feel comfortable with," the 6-foot-4, 170-pound Davis said. "He has told me Iowa's vision for the future and the part I would play in taking Iowa further in a positive direction."
Scout.com's Brian Snow watched Davis in early April. He filed this report:
A smoother scorer, Davis had it working early for REACH despite his team struggling at times on the defensive end. Davis can score from the mid-range, but his bread and butter is shooting from deep. A good athlete, he knows how to create space and just has that feel for how to put the ball in the basket.
REACH Coach Mike Allie sees a lot of Marble's game in Davis'.
"Darrell is a threat on offense on every possession whether he is scoring or getting his teammates involved," Allie said. "He's done a great job of playing hard on both ends of the court and puts us in a position to win every game. He is an excellent student as well with a 4.0 GPA and comes from a very good family."
Allie said Davis holds offers from Iowa, Akron, Massachusetts, Oakland, Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Kent State and Ball State. Michigan, Xavier, Maryland, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, Missouri, Memphis, DePaul and Arkansas have shown interest and will continue to evaluate him this summer, Allie said.
Davis most recently visited Iowa State. He intends on taking unofficial visits to as many campuses as possible this spring. After the live period in July, he will take his official visits and likely make a decision in the fall.
"I'm looking for a school that is going to compete for championships, play in the NCAA tournament, help develop my game and set me up for a life after basketball with a degree and a job," Davis said. "It's important that I have a good relationship with the coaching staff. I look to see the graduation rate under the current coach and how players have developed at my position at that school."
Davis believes that Iowa has a lot of the attributes for which he is looking in a program.
"Iowa has a great basketball environment, high graduation rate and is a team that wants me to come in right away as an impact player," he said. "Wearing a Hawkeye uniform means much more than being a basketball player at Iowa. They take care of their players on and off the court and will set me up for a great future."
Allie has been impressed with the Hawkeyes' approach with Davis. Iowa has done a great job of building a relationship with Darrell over the past year.
"Coach (Fran) McCaffery and Coach Francis have made Darrell a high priority and done everything right in his recruitment," Allie said. "Iowa is an excellent fit and I think Darrell could come in immediately and fill Devyn Marble's role.
"Darrell needs to take an official visit there to fully understand the environment and atmosphere of Hawkeye Nation. The Big Ten is best conference in the country and Iowa will be in the mix to compete for a championship very soon."
Allie thinks Davis can nab more offers if he continues to expand his game.
"In order for Darrell to gain interest from more high major programs, he has to show consistency on the (AAU) circuit.," Allie said. "He needs to have a domination mindset on every offensive and defensive possession. Once he takes as much pride in getting stops as he does scoring, he will have high major coaches falling in love with him."
Davis said he will study engineering in college and is looking for a school with a strong program in that area. He'll go anywhere to find the right fit.
"Playing away from home does not scare me at all and wouldn't be a reason I did not attend a school," Davis said. "I'll have coaches and teammates that will be my second family outside of Detroit."