In an important junior season at Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill, 2015 four-star shooting guard Eric Davis delivered in a big way.
“I had a real good season,” Davis said. “I averaged 27 points, five (rebounds), four assists a game.
“Really, I was just trying to be a leader, trying to lead by my actions and being vocal. Kind of got upset in the first round but I’ve got to leave that in the past and lead my team to victory next year.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 161-pounds, Davis says he used the last calendar year to add some muscle, making him more apt to head to the rim with a greater likelihood of a finish through contact.
“Actually, I got a lot stronger,” Davis said. “Just really improved my strength and being more athletic. Just being more of a leader. My all-around game just keeps improving.”
And several colleges have taken notice.
Currently holding offers from Michigan State, Kansas, Oregon, North Carolina State, Providence, Illinois, and Massachusetts, Davis is also hearing quite a bit from Kentucky, Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA, and Michigan.
Davis stating, “My recruitment has really been picking up a lot. So I’m really excited and enjoying the summer.”
The Wolverines specifically, is a program consistently in touch with Davis, having made several trips to Ann Arbor for unofficial visits already.
“They’re recruiting me heavily as well,” Davis said. “I actually like Michigan and the offense. John Beilein is a great coach, great guy.
“They kind of play my style of offense; up and down pace, run-and-gun. They shoot a lot of three’s which I like to do. So I kind of like Michigan. I really enjoy them.”
Davis made his way to Crisler Center for a number of games during the winter, enjoying his time in Ann Arbor.
“It was a real good experience,” Davis said. “I’ve been down to the Arizona game. I’ve been to a few other games. It was just getting to know the coaches. That’s what I’m really big on, just getting to know all of the coaches from now on.”
For Davis, the relationships he’s been able to forge with Michigan throughout his recruiting process are vital as he continues to look for his home after high school.
“I like every assistant coach,” he said. “They’re all cool. I like the head coach. Just really getting a vibe. I want to get to know the coaches.
“I have to have a relationship with them because I’m going to be his point guard, I’m going to be his coach on the floor so it’s real big for me having a great relationship with my head coach.”
Davis claims he has no leader and no top list of schools just yet, choosing instead to focus on his team and his play this AAU season.
Michigan State continues to court Davis as well, feeling he could fill a specific role in the Spartans’ offense.
“I think I could be like a Gary Harris,” he said. “Gary Harris is like a point guard in Michigan State’s offense.”
Asked what will put one school over the top of another on their way to securing a verbal commitment from him, Davis laid all of his criteria out.
Really, academics,” he said. “Academically, a good business program. It’s going to be my major. I made up my mind early. Like I said, a relationship with the coach. He has to be like a father figure to me; someone that I look up to. A mentor to me. Just a relationship with the coach.
“Someone that I know is going to help take care of me if I’m down, struggling. Just help take care of me. They’re bringing me in as a family my freshman year.”
Davis said he plans to take an official visit to Florida in the near future.