For a while, Detroit Henry Ford (Mich.) 2015 swingman Josh Davis was considered to be one of the best-kept secrets in the city of Detroit. However, after a break-out junior season, where he averaged 17 points per game along with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals, he is now officially known as one of the top players in the city and college coaches are already taking notice of this young man’s great talent.
Eastern Michigan, Rhode Island, Tulsa and Northeastern have already extended offers to Davis and on Thursday afternoon, Ford received another offer from Rice. He announced the news on Twitter and he says he could be more excited about his offer and that he could definitely see himself playing at Rice.
“I feel really good about the offer from Rice.” Davis said. “I love the location which is Houston, Texas. I really like the attention and communication that I am receiving from the coaching staff and I really like the fact that they are great school academically.”
“I could definitely see myself playing and attending school at Rice. They play an uptempo game which I like. Plus I know the coach is going to push me to be the best player that I can be and he is going to help me reach my goals on and off the court.”
I don’t know about you but I think it is only a matter of time before Davis receives more offers. As of right now, he is receiving interest from Detroit Mercy, Michigan, Oakland, Akron, Bucknell, California-Davis, Harvard, Kent State, Stanford, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Wayne State (D2).
If you’re wondering, what is it about Davis that has multiple college programs interested in him, the answer is simple; Davis is a talented and hard-working player and by gaining a commitment from him, a team will automatically be making their team better.
At 6-foot-5, the athletic swingman has the shown great versatility and the ability to play both the shooting guard and small forward position. Davis continues to be one league’s top perimeter shooters due to his excellent touch. He can come off the dribble and pull up from three-point range or mid-range and score efficiently but he is more than capable of catching and shooting the ball consistently from three-point range and mid range as well. Besides his great shooting touch, Davis is also a great athlete who has the ability to get to the rim and make plays above the rim.
However what I love most about Davis’s game is his work ethic and dedication.
“I’m always working hard to improve my all around game.” Davis replied. “Right now, I’m really in the weight room, working to get stronger. On the court, I am working on becoming more explosive and quick and I am always working to become a better leader.
Keep in mind, that it’s not just about basketball with this young man, Davis is just as dedicated in the classroom. As of right now, he currently holds a very impressive career 3.8 grade point average and he has high expectations for himself when he takes the ACT later this year. Although, Davis doesn’t have any plans to commit to a school right now, he says when he does decide to commit to a school, you can bet whatever school he chooses to attend, will have to have great academics.
“Right now, I’m really enjoying the recruiting process but I plan to commit either before or during my senior season.” Davis said. “When I make my decision, it will be based on how I feel about the location of the school, the coaching staff, the academic success of the school and how comfortable I feel about the school as a whole.”
However, until the time commits to a school, Davis says he is really focused on becoming a better basketball player, a better student and helping to lead his team to a multiple titles in his senior year.
“Academically, my goal is to obtain a 4.0 grade point average throughout the year.” Davis replied. “Athletically, my goal is to win. I want to help my team win the league, city and state titles. After that, my goals are to win Mr. PSL and Mr. Basketball awards.”
If you ask me, Josh Davis will indeed win the Mr.PSL award next season, I’m calling it right now, and once the season begins, you will see how right I am.
However, for now, I encourage you to remember the name, Josh Davis, because there is no doubt that more offers are on the way for this young man and whoever is lucky enough to garner a commitment from him when the time comes will have gained a great student-athlete and a great young man.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit