Daejon Davis has his top-five

Dawgman.com spoke with Seattle Garfield guard Daejon Davis shortly before he released his top-five final schools on his twitter account Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-3 guard has some official visits he'll be taking before making that final choice.



The once-committed Davis, who initially pledged to Washington nearly a year ago but de-committed in mid-April, broke down his final five colleges.

This list was given by Davis, and in no particular order.

Washington - "Just a good relationship with the coaching staff, obviously. I was committed there before."

Arizona - "Also a great coach, Sean Miller. Lot of success over the years, lot of pros. Just a great place."

Gonzaga - "Another winner. Great coach in Coach Few. Lot of success with their conference making the tournament, being a higher seed in the tournament. So just always being good."

Oregon - "It's not too far away from home. It's not too close, but it's not too far, so I like that part. It's also a program on the rise. They were the 1-seed out of the west this year, which is a big deal and I see their program moving in a positive direction."

Stanford - "Obviously it's a great academic school, one of the best in the nation. But alongside side of that they've got a new coaching staff, Coach (Jerod) Haase. He's had a lot of success as a player, as a coach. Just that first recruiting class, so my class is going to be the face of Stanford Basketball for years to come with this new coaching staff being their first recruiting class. I've gotten pre-approved, which is basically saying I have a pretty good chance of getting in as long as I perform well on my application."

Davis's mother is the main person helping him through the process at this point. "She feels good about the process," he said. "She's excited that we're close to finalizing all of my visits so we're in a good place right now."

Davis reiterated his plans to take all five visits before making his decision. He hasn't revealed dates yet, but it's rumored he will visit Stanford the weekend of September 30 and could be at Gonzaga the following weekend.

"I'm enjoying it," Davis said when asked about re-opening the process after backing off his UW commitment. "I've never gotten this far in my recruiting process so all of this is pretty new to me and I'm looking forward to it."

What's going to be the most important thing Davis is looking for as he starts to narrow things down? "My future," he said, simply. "This is a stepping stone to my future, so whether that's in my athletics or if I really have to study hard in school and go that route...for what I want to do is where I'm going to go. If I really want to go seek game, I'm really going to go to a place where I feel it's going to send me up. But if I'm really trying to have a balance I'm going to go to a school...all these schools are terrific academic and athletic schools, but just a balance...which place I know can do what for me. That's it."

Davis is confident he will be able to finish the recruiting process without any distractions or tugs trying to keep him close to Seattle. "There's going to be no type of pressure for me to stay home," he said. "I'm open to whatever. That's why I'm taking my visits, to just get a feel for lifestyle and stuff like that. I know what's at home, obviously. That's an advantage to be home, because I know everything. I know the good and the bad, whereas other places...it's like Arizona, it's hot out there. Is there water? Just stuff like that."

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