Since last winter, the athletic power forward we have been covering the most in this 2004 Stanford Basketball recruiting class has been Davis Nwankwo. The 6'9" heir apparent to Justin Davis took an early official visit to The Farm and has hailed the Cardinal as his #1 choice ever since. But an early SAT test score didn't go as planned for Nwankwo, which through a wrench in his plans to make an early and firm commitment to Mike Montgomery. The proud student-athlete and his family have geared many of his activities and plans since then to bolster is academic profile, continuing their longstanding emphasis on school at home and also working on test preparation. Nwankwo skipped many of the big AAU travel events during the spring to focus on his academics, and that sad note was that he passed on some great chances to improve his game and increase his recruiting exposure.
But with a few appearances during the busy July evaluation period, Nwankwo has shown that he can hit the books and still maintain a very exciting basketball profile. In addition to his standing offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Miami (FL) and Stanford, he has earned recent offers from Virginia, Georgia Tech and UCLA. He also hearing a good deal from Arizona, making his recruitment truly bicoastal.
The affable Washington D.C. standout is pleased to have an official visit scheduled with Georgia Tech in October, and he will additionally take an unofficial trip to Virginia soon. His next travel out West will take him to Arizona, but he has not been able to set a date yet with the Wildcat coaches. UA assistant Josh Pastner called the Nwankwo household Monday to that end, but the recruit was literally unable to speak. The rising high school senior had all four of his wisdom teeth removed earlier that day, but an error by the dental surgeon necessitated additional surgery in his mouth. Medication and pain are the center of this young man's world right now, and he will wait until next week to return calls to college coaches.
One call he received Sunday before the dental fiasco came from Montgomery. "It was a really good conversation," Nwankwo reports. "I've been a little nervous about my application, but he told me I'm still the guy. That was really good to hear."
Nwankwo is still looking to raise his Stanford admissions profile by retaking his standardized board tests early this fall. He will retake the ACT in a little more than a month, on September 27, and then two weeks later retake the SAT on October 11. The fact that he is retaking the tests is unsurprising, with the Georgetown Prep senior still set on being a Stanford Cardinal. His admissions application won't be processed until he receives one or both of these scores, which would be October. The waiting game for both him and Stanford between now and then will be an anxious one, but this is a match both sides still badly want. We'll keep tabs and keep you appraised of all the latest.
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