Davis Not Backing Down

PHILADELPHIA-The Reebok Breakout Classic featured a number of well-known prospects, but there were also a few new names to emerge on the radar. One of those new names was 2015 guard Jon Davis. TurtleSportsReport.com spoke to Davis about his game and where he is in the recruiting process.

Fort Washington, Maryland shooting guard Jon Davis is playing with a chip on his shoulder, and he isn't backing down from anyone. The live recruiting period kicked off on Wednesday July 10, and Davis did not waste any time waiting to impress the crowd of high-profile coaches at Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia.

Davis was active on both ends of the court. Davis was all over the court, getting in passing lanes and latching on to the opposing teams' top players. On offense, Davis would cross up his defender at the top of the key, kiss the ball off the glass and still managed to be the first one back at the other end of the court. There was no showboating, and there were no plays off for Davis, or the unfortunate player he was guarding.

"My mentality is I am an underdog," Davis said. "Nobody knows about me yet but I am not going to back down so I am usually checking the best player on the other team."

"The kid I was just checking [in my last game] was Rashad Vaughn, he is top 10 in the country. I knew that and I wanted to match up against him. I wasn't trying to embarrass him or get out of my game or anything. I was just trying to stay in front of him and keep him from doing what he wanted to do, and I think I did that."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard said he did not have a great summer last year, but Davis is making sure things are different this time around.

"I have been playing pretty well this summer so my recruiting has really picked up," said Davis, who recently re-classified to the 2015 class. "I already have offers from Towson, Rutgers, DePaul, and Delaware, but I have been hearing from VCU, Xavier, Cincinnati, and Maryland too."

The Maryland coaches were in the stands to witness Davis' impressive play at the Reebok Breakout Classic event. Davis, who plays AAU ball with DC Assault, is already familiar with Terp assistant, Dalonte Hill, who used to coach for the AAU powerhouse.

"Dalonte Hill is an Assault guy, so I know he is a really good guy and he is a really good coach," Davis said. "Melo [Trimble] is always telling me how much he likes the coaches, I mean he wanted to go to Maryland forever."

Davis attended Midnight Madness at the Comcast Center and came away impressed with his experience.

"I would definitely be very interested in Maryland, I had a good time at Midnight Madness," Davis said. "I didn't get to see the whole campus and everything, but I am only 20 minutes up the road. So, if they call and ask me to come up for a visit, I'm there."

The combo guard said there is one major factor that will impact his decision…playing time.

"If I like the school and all that that's a plus, but I am going to go to the school that wants me and where I can have the biggest impact as soon as I get on campus," Davis said. "I don't really want to play two or three minutes a game as a freshman or sophomore, and then when I am a junior or something start playing 15-20 minutes. I want to go somewhere I could play."

Unfortunately Davis rolled his ankle during the evening session of the Reebok Breakout Classic and could not participate for the remainder of the weekend. However, Davis will have plenty of time to show off his skills this summer. He said he thinks he will be back at 100-percent by the time he goes to Milwaukee and Las Vegas with his AAU team.

Davis can't focus on college just yet. He still needs to figure out where he will attend high school next year.

"I am transferring from NCA [National Christian Academy] (Ft. Washington, Md.)," Davis said. "I think I am probably going to either go to Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) that is what it looks like right now."


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