I am excited and blessed to announce I will be attending the University of Washington ?? #DawgPackStandUp— Daejon Davis (@DaejonDavis) August 25, 2015
“I just committed to the University of Washington, I’m very excited about it,” Davis told Dawgman.com shortly after putting that tweet up.
“It gives me my best opportunity. The coaching staff is like family to me. I’ve known these guys since my diaper days. I just feel like this is the best opportunity for my future and it’s my time to take my place in the town and bring it back to the top.”
Davis said he's been watching what's been going on with UW recruiting of late, especially the commitment of five-star guard Markelle Fultz, but said that didn't affect the timing of his decision.
“The dudes that just committed are all team guys and mostly one-and-done, so it didn’t really affect me," Davis said. "It was more about being a leader and getting guys to come.”
Davis cited the strong bonds he has with the current Husky coaching staff. “Those are my mentors," he said. "(Washington Head Coach Lorenzo) Romar is a great guy, he’s been there for me before I even started getting recruited. Coach Chill, he’s one of my main guys that started recruiting me to U-Dub. And Will Conroy has always been like my big brother.”
He also talked about the idea of staying close to home as a motivating factor. “I feel like it’s very important," Davis said. "Most guys leave the town to go to other places and other cities. I felt it was only right to stay to do great things in this city and be successful. My younger Rotary team can watch me play, my younger brother, my Mom.”
So when Davis was ready to spill the news, he called Romar. “He was excited, very excited," Davis said. "He kept saying, ‘I wish you could see the smile on my face.’ I could just tell he was very excited about me coming there and being a leader of this 2017 class.”
Davis has moved up in the Scout rankings, now No. 50 overall and the No. 9 shooting guard in the country. What did he attribute his recent rise to? “I just got better," he said, matter of factly. "When you work, you get better. And I’ve been working.”
Davis will probably turn recruiter now, with one Seattle Rotary teammate right in his crosshairs. “My teammate Jaylen Nowell, probably," he said. "I’ll always be in his ear.”
Any words for UW fans, Daejon?
“Just get ready.”