There were plenty of big names at the SMU vs. UConn game in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum earlier this month.
One of the biggest, and most important, in-state recruits in attendance was four-star Plano West center Tyler Davis. Davis and his teammates enjoyed the atmosphere at the game and were all very impressed with the new area.
"I was with King McClure, D.J. Hogg, Elijah Thomas, and Avery Johnson Jr.," Davis said. "We all had a great time seeing college basketball and watching how the next level plays. We also had a good time just hanging out with one another on campus."
SMU defeated the Huskies in front of the first sellout crowd since 2001. The electric atmosphere left a lasting impression on Davis.
"It's really nice and I liked it a lot," he said. "They did a great job with the renovations, and they had a great crowd there for the first game. I really liked being there and enjoyed it a lot."
Although he was ruled ineligible after transferring from Frisco Liberty, the Mustangs have still heavily pursued Davis this year. He says he has built an especially unique relationship with SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi.
"I talk to Coach Larry Brown, but I talk to coach Maligi the most," Davis said. "They are definitely staying in contact with me. Coach Maligi is just really cool. He asks me about my mom and my grades. I just think he's a great guy and I like him a lot."
At 6-foot-9, 270-pounds, Davis is the eight-ranked center in the Class of 2015 and a member of the Texas Titans in AAU.
He tore his meniscus at the beginning of the year, but has fully recovered from surgery now and would be a terrific addition for the Mustangs in the near future.
"SMU is definitely in the mix," Davis said. "They are close to home and my family really wants to be able to support me wherever I go. They really want me to stay in Texas, but who knows. It's something that attracts me to SMU. Also, the coaching staff is great. They are the type of staff that can develop me into an NBA player the right way, plus I can tell guys like Coach Maligi really care about my family and me."
Davis also holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Purdue, Texas Tech, and more. For now, however, he says he doesn't plan on visiting anywhere else.
"I know I have officials, but I'm not really worried about those until after the EYBL," he said. "I'm not really sure where else I'll visit. I'm waiting to who else is going to offer me, like a Duke or somebody like that. When I get more offers, I'll take my other visits and look around for more places where I could play at."
Davis, McClure, and Hogg have interest in playing together and SMU is one of the schools that have shown interest in all three. Davis says he especially has interest in playing with Hogg at the next level.
"I talk to DJ and King about playing together a lot and we do really want to, but we haven't taken any other visits. We don't know what schools are interested," he said. " I especially want to play with DJ because he is a great friend of mine and a great teammate to me, but at the end of the day we are both going to do what is best for us. It might happen or it might not happen."
Davis is a defensive presence on the court and one of the toughest big men in his class. He isn't a great athlete, but can finish with either hand and dominate the paint on both ends.
"I have been working on my low post game and I want to solidify my game down low," he said. "I'm trying to get stronger and be more explosive. I also want to spread the floor more and not have to be down low all the time. I want to spread the defense out and be more of a versatile player."
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