Saginaw Arthur Hill combo guard Eric Davis was asked to step into a more prominent role for the Lumberjacks last season. After a freshman campaign where he was mostly a facilitator, he became more of a primary scoring option in year two. Looking back on the transition he is pleased with the result.
“The high school season went very well for me,” recalled Davis. “I averaged 20 points [and] nine assists. We lost in the district championship to our rival. I wasn’t 100 percent. I tweaked a tendon in my foot and my ankle was severely sprained, but I still played through it. We lost by one but I think we gave it our all. That’s all that really matters to me.”
Now in the midst of AAU season with The Family, Davis is showing his versatility. Depending upon what his team needs from him in a given game he can be a distributor or scorer, and schools from across the country are taking notice.
“(Recruiting) has been going well,” said Davis. “I’ve been hearing a lot from Kentucky, Illinois, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Oregon and UCLA. Syracuse shot a text at my coach.”
The Wolverines have been courting the rising sophomore for well over a year now. Multiple staff members, including John Beilein, have made it out to his game, and lately he has been interacting with a now former player.
“Michigan, they’ve been on me a lot,” he said. “They’ve been telling me to stay in the gym [and] make sure my ankles are strong. I’ve been talking a lot to lavall jordan and [I’ve] been talking to Trey Burke a little. (Burke talks) about just really how his game is, what I can work on, what he did to get to that level, and he just tells me to keep working. So [I] really like going down there.”
Davis has taken the advice to heart and is focused on growing his game in number of areas.
“I want to improve on my ball handling skills,” he stated. “I want them to be more tight… like on a string. My shooting needs to get automatic knock down. And my all-around game. Just [my] versatility.”
Better those skills take precedent over recruiting right now. While he’s certainly attentive to his recruitment, he is not at all close to ending. That gives him ample time to determine which of his suitors fits him best.
“Academics first,” Davis said describing his decision criteria. “How’s the academic program? I want to major in criminal justice. How’s their law side of their academics? Have they had a winning season and who do they have coming in? A lot of schools like to recruit me as a two [guard] but really I’m a point [guard]. I want to go where I can play the one and lead a team. Where I can come in [and] make a big impact at the school.