Mike Davis' Recruiting Picks Up

Former Xaverian forward Mike Davis has picked up his game this season ...

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Mike Davis looked like a player fighting for a scholarship at a major Division I program at the 2006 Westchester Elite Winter Hardwood Classic.

Davis collected 12 points and five offensive rebounds, many coming in a decisive second half comeback as Notre Dame Prep upended South Kent, 86-82. Davis' performance came in front of Pittsburgh Head Coach Jamie Dixon.

Davis had committed to Pitt just after his sophomore season at Xaverian H.S. in Brooklyn, only to see his recruitment reopen last year after he bounced from high school to high school.

The Panthers signed South Kent's 6-5 wing Gilbert Brown in the fall (who Dixon also watched on Sunday), but have shown a renewed interest in Davis after some of his early season performances at a prep school event in Rhode Island.

"I think Pittsburgh is very interested in him," Notre Dame Head Coach Bill Barton said. "They want to see what the grades are."

"I can't speak for Jamie but I think he came here to see Mike Davis," Barton added. "A lot of schools are intrigued and interested in Mike Davis."

Barton said that USC, Louisville, Pittsburgh and a number of other Big East schools are showing interest in Davis.

"If he gets the grades, he will have a plethora of offers," Barton predicted. "We are not allowing visits until after the season."

With his inspired play on the court, academics remain the big hurdle for Davis, who attended three different high schools during the 2004-2005 school year before landing at Notre Dame this past fall.

"Mike Davis has improved dramatically as a student, and I really think he's a mature person who can go to a college campus," Barton said. "He is really starting to hustle, and you could see the results today how he got up and down."

"Forget about basketball," Barton emphasized. "I am really happy at how Mike Davis has turned out as a person. He's at class everyday, he's trying. He has a ways to go, but he has really made a dramatic improvement."

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