The development of 2013 Eastside SF/PF Davaris McGowens has taken flight over his first two seasons and we caught up with the talented 6'5 220 pound prospect for the very latest regarding his recruitment. Originally playing his freshman season at Greenville High McGowens moved to Eastside High last year and his game continued to flourish. So much so that McGowens has landed his first scholarship offer and is hungry to add more to his resume over the next two seasons. That's one reason why McGowens is the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
One look at McGowens and he's already got the broad shoulders and strength that a lot of college coaches would like for their sophomores and juniors to have. At 6'5 220 pounds he's played in the post for Greenville and Eastside so far. The 2013 prospect has expanded his game every season and realizes barring a growth spurt his future may indeed be as a swingman on the perimeter.
Last year playing for Eastside McGowens says he had a pretty solid season as he recited his season averages and some awards he's won.
"I averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks per game last year. I was named Greer Citizen's Player of the Year, All-region, MVP, and won Player of the Week multiple times."
His play has a number of colleges showing plenty of early attention and he talked about which schools he's hearing from and just who's really recruiting him the hardest at this point.
"I'm hearing from Clemson, South Carolina, Jacksonville University, College of Charleston, Mercer, and The Citadel. Jacksonville University is recruiting me the hardest. They have offered me already. I think Clemson or South Carolina could offer me next."
A diligent worker, McGowens has been playing AAU ball and hits the gym every day when he's not playing with his travel team. So far he hasn't had a chance to visit any schools he says but hopes to do so sometime in the near future to get a feel for the schools he's hearing from.
"Right now most schools are recruiting me as a small forward or power forward."
To prepare for a possible transition from the post to the perimeter McGowens says he'll train daily to ensure that it's a smooth move for him.
"I want to get bigger, stronger, and faster. Getting in shape and continuing to work on my outside game."
We've seen McGowens play quite a bit and we already have a sense of where his strengths are currently but we asked him to see if our analysis matched his own thoughts and it indeed did.
"Finishing around the rim is my biggest strength."
Given McGowens' tremendous work ethic that his AAU coaches and teammates all talk about should continue on his upswing. Still 2 years away from graduating and making a final decision for college he knows what he'll currently be taking into heavy consideration when looking at potential college programs.
"I'll be looking at a team's style of play, early playing time, facilities, education, and the coaching staff."