Michigan guard Davis awaits UK scholarship offer

broberts@herald-leader.comAugust 25, 2014 

Eric Davis said UK Coach John Calipari has likened him to former Cat Doron Lamb.

There's still no Kentucky scholarship offer for talented guard Eric Davis, but his high school coach says everything is "moving in the right direction" for the four-star basketball prospect.

Davis — a 6-foot-3 player from Saginaw, Mich. — made his second unofficial visit to UK over the weekend. He was also in town last October for Big Blue Madness, an event that attracted a few more immediate recruiting targets.

"He really didn't have a chance to see the campus and spend time with Coach (John Calipari) the last time he was there, because it was so busy," Arthur Hill Coach Greg McMath told the Herald-Leader. "So he wanted to get back down there and take a look at the facilities, the school and everything that you're trying to get a feel for.

"He thought it went well."

Davis recently cut his list to seven schools, and UK was the only one that had not extended a scholarship offer. The others are Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, Texas, UCLA and UNLV.

McMath said Davis "thinks highly" of Calipari and the Kentucky program, a feeling that was amplified by his most recent visit, which included some pick-up games with the current Wildcats.

"He thought all of them were really tremendous players," McMath said. "He thought he did well and held his own against those guys, which is good."

Davis had some impressive moments on the summer circuit too, including a 32-point performance against elite competition at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June.

He's rated as one of the top 45 players in the class of 2015 by all of the major recruiting services — ESPN has him the highest at No. 35 overall — and he's earned a reputation as one of the most offensively versatile guards in the country.

Davis is often listed as a shooting guard, but McMath describes him as "a point guard who's really able to score" and has the ability to play on or off the ball.

"Eric has always been a highly skilled basketball player. Very intelligent," he said. "Eric is definitely a point guard."

UK could have a stacked backcourt by the time Davis heads to college.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are considered likely NBA Draft picks after their sophomore seasons, but Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker and Dominique Hawkins are all expected to be around for the 2015-16 season. UK also has a commitment from class of 2015 guard Charles Matthews and has already offered five-star players Malik Newman and Antonio Blakeney from that class.

It could get crowded, but Calipari is obviously interested in continuing the dialogue with Davis.

McMath said Calipari and assistant coach Kenny Payne are expected in Michigan early next month for an in-home visit, and the UK coaches told Davis over the weekend that they'd like him to return to Lexington for one of his five official visits.

"They're still actively recruiting him and treating him like a guy that they have offered," the coach said. "They haven't treated him any different from anybody else. They've been great with him. If a coach wants to come in and do a home visit — and do an official visit with you — that still means a lot.

"I think the process is moving in the right direction."

Davis took an official visit to UNLV this month and plans another for Texas this weekend. In-home visits start Sept. 9, and he'll decide which schools will get his other three official visits following those meetings.

Davis would like to make a college decision in late September or early October so he can concentrate on his senior season. His coach is thinking that they'll have the final word on a possible UK offer by that time.

"They're going to come in and evaluate him, watch him in the gym," McMath said. "We'll know one way or the other in a couple of weeks. That's my gut feeling."

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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