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Daejon Davis Keeps Recruiting Train Rolling

Last weekend, I wrote an article titled "Markelle Fultz Caps Huge Recruiting effort." It turns out I was a bit premature in heralding the end of the off-season fireworks. Just three days after Fultz’s pledge, the Huskies earned the commitment of one of the most sought after 2017 prospects on the West Coast in Seattle's Daejon Davis.

‘Jon Jon’, as he is known in the Seattle hoops community, soared up recruiting charts with his spectacular play this summer. After narrowly missing the cut for the Team USA U16 squad, Davis roared through the summer AAU circuit where he drew rave reviews for his energy and elite athleticism. Davis is an eye-popping leaper, flushing everything within reach of the rim. Though he considers himself more of a scoring guard, he's highly unselfish and will spend plenty of time at point guard for Washington. He earns high marks for his stellar passing skills and court vision and is a solid ball-handler. 

As a scorer, Davis is versatile. He's a blur in transition, whipping flashy, precision lasers to cutting teammates or finishing with emphatic highlight dunks. He's also quite effective in the half court and his motor rarely stops. Davis gets into the lane with ease thanks to a speedy first step, dishing out assists or finishing with a flourish, while also keeping defenders honest with a polished three-point stroke.

Defensively, Davis shines. He plays with immense energy, possessing a turbo-charged motor, tailor made for Lorenzo Romar's up-tempo system. He's a fabulous rebounder on both ends of the floor thanks to his pogo-stick legs, long reach and great instincts. It’s just another big plus for a program that requires guards to crash the glass more than most. 

Davis also extends the all-important hometown momentum that reemerged with the 2015 recruiting class, and that connection to the Seattle community is something to be celebrated. Seattleites are deeply provincial (even possessive) when it comes to our hometown heroes, and Davis has been a fixture in the Seattle hoops scene for years playing with Seattle Rotary. In retaining one of the city’s brightest young stars, the Husky coaching staff reaffirms its commitment to re-establishing the vital connection to the Seattle basketball community after a talent drought the last few seasons. 

2017 could be a transition year of sorts for the Huskies, particularly in the backcourt. The front court and wing positions will be loaded with talent, but both Dejounte Murray and Fultz are expected to mull NBA opportunities after the 2016-2017 season. Any early departures would open up starting minutes at both backcourt positions. Davis would immediately contend for one of those since would-be junior David Crisp would be the only true guard on the roster. Dominic Green, Donaven Dorsey and Matisse Thybulle would be the next closest thing. 

Even if the Huskies lucked out and returned either of Murray or Fultz, Davis would still see considerable action at both backcourt spots. 

As previously mentioned, Washington’s front court should be loaded with talent and experience heading into 2017. Marquese Chriss may also consider a jump to the NBA by that point, but that still leaves Noah Dickerson, Matthew Atewe, Sam Timmins and Devenir Duruisseau to lock down the paint. 

On the wing, Dorsey will be a senior along with juniors Thybulle and Green. That should give the Huskies plenty of scoring punch, particularly from beyond the three point line, leaving the back court the only potential question mark. Davis's commitment slams that door shut.   

Davis is Washington’s first commitment for 2017; the Huskies have more work to do in that class. It’s safe to assume that the UW coaching staff is recruiting for at least three, likely four expected roster openings for that recruiting class. 

Technically speaking, they only have one scholarship remaining after Davis's commitment, but ‘Romar Math’ almost guarantees it won't work out that way, usually due to attrition - like players jumping early to the NBA or transfers. 

The Huskies need more help in the back court and have targeted 2017 phenom Michael Porter, who can play just about any position on the court, along with two other Seattle kids - Jaylen Nowell and Corey Kispert - to fill the remaining spots. Washington has also offered Porter’s close friend and AAU teammate Trae Young, who also has to be considered in the mix.

If Washington can secure at least one of those three players - preferably two - the Huskies will be well on their way to another sensational recruiting class. They will have minimal drop-off heading into 2018 because they already have forward Jontay Porter, Michael Porter’s younger brother, locked up with a verbal commitment. 

In Daejon Davis, they have found yet another young guard who fits them like a glove, both on and off the court. Congratulations to Daejon and his family, and a mighty welcome from Husky Nation.  


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