Queens native C.J. Davis, a six-foot point guard, has made a very solid connection with Saint Louis assistant coach Jim Platt. The Billikens saw Davis out on the AAU circuit, and have been interested ever since.
"I talk to him all the time," Davis told BillikenReport.com. "We talk on the phone and text. I stay really close with them."
Davis is a high academic performer, and is looking for a school that fits his needs in the classroom as well as on the court.
"I'm looking for which diploma would be better for me in my future," he said. "Coach Platt called and told me how great academically Saint Louis is and how good the basketball is. It would be the best of both worlds."
Several Ivy league schools, in addition to Rutgers, Stanford, South Carolina, West Virginia, Creighton, and Davidson have extended offers, according to the lead guard.
Don't expect a decision for quite some time, though.
"Definitely during senior year," he said of a timetable. "Once the season is over, I can clear my mind and make a decision."
In the meantime, three schools are doing good work with Davis.
"Columbia, Stanford, and Saint Louis all contact me a lot," he said. "They have built good relationships with me."
Davis currently likes the stage of his game as he readies for his final high school season.
"I am getting stronger and quicker, which is really important for Division I basketball because you have to be more athletic," he said. "I also got better this year at being a leader of my team."
Would going far away from home be tough?
"Well, my family is really attached to me, but they will travel if the school means enough to me."