Last week Lafayette (La.) High School guard Corey Davis received an offer from his hometown Ragin’ Cajuns.
On Wednesday the 6-foot-2, 178-pound senior from Louisiana announced his commitment to sign a binding national letter of intent with the Cajuns during the NCAA’s Nov. 12-19 signing period.
Davis – the No. 5 prospect in the NOLA.com Terrific 20 Class of 2015 rankings – picked the Cajuns over Northwestern State, where he took an official visit last weekend.
“My visit (to Northwestern State) was really good, but at the end of the day coming home and seeing the Cajundome gave me a feeling that I couldn’t get away from,” Davis told the Cajun Redzone on Wednesday. “I just felt like the city of Lafayette was where I needed to be.”
Before narrowing his choices to the Cajuns and Northwestern State, Davis also claimed offers from Louisiana Tech and Prairie View A&M. He also received interest from Troy, Tulsa, Tulane, Wichita State, Georgia Southern and Murray State.
Davis has yet to have an official visit with the Cajuns, but he’s spent plenty of time around the program’s players and coaches. He’s eager to play for coach Bob Marlin and follow in the footsteps of Orlando Magic rookie guard Elfrid Payton, the 10th overall pick in June’s NBA draft.
“My decision was based on where my heart was,” Davis said. “I will never forget coach Marlin telling me that I reminded him of Elfrid Payton. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Elfrid is a big honor and shows me that I have the potential to be a great Division I basketball player. Their organization is like a big family. Their coaches and players are always hungry and never settle and that’s what I like about them.”
Davis is also close with current Cajuns all-conference big man Shawn Long, a Louisiana native from Morgan City.
“Shawn is a free spirit and we’ve been close ever since he came to my jamboree game last year,” Davis said. “I’ve also known (freshman guard/forward) Johnathan Stove for a couple of years and talked with several other current players. With the talent they have I feel like I will fit in perfectly there. It’s been an honor to get to know their players and coaches.”
Davis burst onto the Louisiana prep scene as a sophomore when he made the All-Acadiana first team and averaged 17 points per game. Last season he made the All-Acadiana second team and averaged 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Over the summer he led a talented Southern Elite team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and assists (2.8 apg) and also played for Nike Team Louisiana.
In September, Davis attended the Combine in the Capital in Baton Rouge and was named MVP of the event’s 2015 all-star game.
Davis said his game would fit right in with what the Cajuns like to do.
“They really run their offense through their point guard in transition and with a lot of screen and rolls,” he said. “That’s how I’ve been playing my entire life. I can also play off the ball. My motto has always been to do whatever we need to do to win. Their coaches also push their players to the limit and that’s what I want. I want people to push me and tell me what I can do to get better as a basketball player and as a person.”
Davis added he’s relieved to know that he’ll be playing his college ball for the Cajuns. He is the second public pledge for the Cajuns in their 2015 recruiting class after the recent commitment of Itawamba (Miss.) Community College guard Tyrone Wooten.
“Just one less weight that I have to carry around,” Davis said. “It’s actually a big boost because I have something to look forward to. This will be the fuel to keep me going and keep working to get better as a basketball player and in school. Once again, I’m just truly blessed to be in this situation. I don’t believe I could have done this without my family. They’ve helped me so much and helped me become the person I am today.”
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