Not only that, only his second year in the US period. And he came here not knowing English.
Here's how I look at Davis (and Isaiah W.). He was offered after in-person evaluations by both Anderson and Chambers himself. That means this staff believes he can play at the level he needs to. They used a valuable scholarship that is always of great benefit during July/August on him. Especially for this staff, who is fearless on the recruiting trail and are constantly seen going after the most coveted "high risers" in July (for example - Samir Sehic and Kerry Blackshear this cycle, even if we didn't come close to getting them).
This is completely unlike DeChellis, who took these kind of reaches regularly in the spring
, after already striking out on top targets in the fall. There are 28 uncommitted prospects in 247's top-200 in 2015. I'm not sure if the committed guys all signed in the early period or not, but I'd guarantee at least 90% of them did (because anyone who follows recruiting knows this is the trend in college basketball every year). Of these 28, 10 are out of our league in the Top-50 (in fact, 9 of them are in the "future NBA lottery" pick range of the top-15. Because those guys control the market and can pick wherever they wanna go at the last second. ALL schools would make room for them, even us). So for us to get a recruit like Davis in the spring, with his lack of exposure and unimpressive numbers, that's very troubling because the pickings are notably slim at that point in the calendar. I would agree there.
But Davis was hand-picked by Pat after Dwayne found him at the bottom of the WCAC. And frankly, Pat's current track record deserves some respect considering he's only ever really whiffed on one guy in his prep recruiting - Akosa. All other guys have contributed in some capacity this year or last - which is another change from the DeChellis/Dunn era. We had 11 scholarship guys play meaningful minutes and make meaningful contributions at some point this year out of our 12 recruited ones (Isaiah's redshirting).
Davis isn't coming here to be a 35+ MPG starter that can drop 4 or 5 threes a game. The starting nucleus is Thorpe/Garner/Watkins/Reaves/Hampton. TJB throws Julian in that group, but I need to see more . However, there's tremendous value in having a bench, isn't there? The problem with this year's team is there's too many bench players and not enough talent to start/score consistently. Brandon Taylor/Donovon Jack have shown enough to me and some of their numbers back it up that they can get some minutes for a winner at this level. But it has to be the right role. It's a shame they're only going to get one year with Mike Watkins, when he's a frosh.