The Longhorns picked up their first commitment of the 2015 recruiting season this evening when Arthur Hill (Saginaw, MI) guard Eric Davis verballed to the Longhorns he announced this afternoon.
Davis, the #41 overall recruit in the ESPNU rankings and #9 shooting guard, chose the Longhorns over NC State, UNLV and Michigan State, among others.
Texas really picked up their recruitment of Davis over the end of the summer before his official visit to Texas in August and Head Coach Rick Barnes’ in-home visit of Davis last night. Prior to that, all of Michigan State, NC State and Kentucky had been considered leaders for his commitment at some point before Davis ultimately chose the Longhorns. Do note that had Kentucky come through with a committable offer, Davis would almost for sure be a Wildcat, but the writing on the wall was that offer was never going to come.
What will Texas be getting with a Davis commitment?
· An excellent scorer that is a good shooter from deep and a crafty playmaker/scorer off the dribble
· A guy who can play combo guard in a pinch
· A player who takes great pride in his defense and wants to be good on that end of the floor
· Excellent in space with or without the ball
· A good leader and somebody that will likely be in the program for multiple years
What about growth areas for Davis?
· At 6’3” and 165 lbs, he’s going to have to put on some considerable strength and weight to function at a high level on the wing
· Especially because his athleticism is only above average
· Will need to get cleaner and more dynamic as a ball handler if we hope for significant minutes from him at the point
· Has to read the floor better as a playmaker/passer, as he struggles in traffic
What this means for the rest of players Texas is targeting this fall
· Texas will take a commitment from Kerwin Roach Jr. when/if it comes
· Likely closes the door on Matthew McQuaid and Admon Gilder
· Texas would have a big decision to make if Jawun Evans wanted to commit, but that looks unlikely at this point
Overall, Davis is a take, and a very good one considering how full the Longhorn backcourt is at this moment (regardless of Martez’ situation).
While it’s in doubt Davis ever really stars for the Longhorns, he’s a solid player that should provide excellent depth and scoring ability off the bench in hopes that he can grow into a solid rotational player by his sophomore or junior years.
(Quotes from Justin Wells and Eric Davis Sr, Eric’s dad)
Inside Texas: What was the appeal for Eric and your family with Texas?
Eric Davis Sr: “(Texas) style of play, approach to the game and Eric Jr. feels like he is a possible good fit for UT and UT is a possible good fit for him.”
IT: What does your family think of the direction Rick Barnes and the Texas Basketball Program?
EDSr: “Eric Jr. wants to win and it appears that Texas is making moves for its program to be highly competitive. That’s very appealing.
IT: Is Texas recruiting him at point guard or shooting guard? Combo?
EDsr: “Both. Like coach Barnes always says, ‘If you’re a guard, you should be able to play all guard positions.'”
IT: What is Eric Jr’s best strength and what needs most improvement?
EDSr: “His ability to score is his strength, while his consistent defensive pressure is his weakness.”
IT: Thanks for your time, Mr. Davis.
EDSr: “You’re welcome. Mighty Man of God.”