The state's reigning AAA Player of The Year, Eastside SF Davaris McGowens, has seen his stock rise in recent months and he's added some offers to his resume since we last spoke to him. Catching him at an open gym at Legacy Charter School in Greenville a few weeks ago McGowens showcased his unique game as he flexed his muscle against some of the area's best prospects.
"I've got offers from Samford, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, and Middle Tennessee State right now," McGowens told us.
That offer will grow in July at least by one he says.
"Winthrop told me they will offer me in July."
The assistants at Winthrop have seen McGowens in action and are ready to offer but they are waiting for approval from their head coach before officially pulling the trigger they told him.
Other schools are active in their pursuit of McGowens he told us.
"I'm hearing from College of Charleston, Tennessee State, High Point, and Winthrop."
As of right now the Eastside star says he's wide open to everyone and has no visits lined up as of right now. He's hoping that a big performance during the month of July will help him add more offers to his resume.
"Some of the schools who've told me that they'll be watching me in July are South Carolina State, High Point, Winthrop, Presbyterian, Middle Tennessee State, and Tennessee State."
McGowens is hoping that he can impress some larger schools during July as well.
Having watched McGowens go head up with 2014 standout Dante Buford at the open gym at Legacy Charter School's initial open gym event it's clear to see that his game has expanded since we first saw him a freshman at Greenville High School. Then the 6'5 235 pound standout was strictly a post prospect who excelled utilizing his strength, broad shoulders, and athleticism. Since then he's gradually added more and more perimeter skills to his arsenal and it's made him a prospect that is extremely hard to deal with.
Honestly the transition he's made in his game since then has been pretty remarkable.
His game is still a heavy dose of power and brute strength as he can will his way into the paint off the dribble but he can knock down jumpers with consistency in the midrange all the way out to the three point line now too. The finesse has mixed well with his strength and he's drastically improved his ball handling and perimeter play since his freshman season.
During his battle with the ultra athletic Dante Buford at Legacy Charter he showed no fear in attacking him off the dribble and powering to the basket for strong finishes and finesse finishes alike. He also pulled up with regularity and dropped quite a few jumpers on Buford as well. McGowens also picked Buford cleanly at least 3 times leading to some easy buckets whether by lay up or a couple of thunderous dunks. Buford had already played in 3 or 4 games prior to McGowens entrance and was a little tired but it was the feature battle that everyone wanted to see after Buford thoroughly dominated the competition early on.
McGowens right now reminds me a lot of current South Carolina guard/forward Lakeem Jackson. He's a prospect with such tremendous power and athleticism that it's hard to defend him. He can overpower any three and most fours that you try and match him up with. He also excels rebounding the basketball which is a bonus as a small forward in most cases.
Looking ahead to his upcoming senior season McGowens made it very clear that he has one goal for his team and a couple of personal goals he's set for himself in regards to improving his game.
"My goal for the team next season is to help my team win a AAA state championship."
"On a personal level I want to continue to improve my ballhandling, quickness, and shooting."
In the midst of July currently with his team leaving for an AAU tournament in Indiana tonight McGowens made no bones about what he hopes he's able to do this month.
"I want to land more offers and I just hope this month that I can pick up an offer from somebody in the ACC or SEC."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with McGowens as he continues to work hard in order to add more scholarship offers.
McGowens also holds a football scholarship from South Carolina State currently as a defensive end prospect.