Strengths: A sleek 6’9 face-up PF with the look that NBA teams covet in the modern day … Has good length, with a 7’1 wingspan … Displays very nice mobility and is a pretty good athlete … Looks great running the floor … Shows quick leaping skills that help him as a finisher at the rim … Has raw versatility and the tools to be a triple threat as a face-up 4…Mismatch potential … Can simply outquick other PF’s at times and shows a nice 1st step…Capable of using his quickness to score points in bunches…Can put the ball on the floor…Will make a play every now and then that will grab your attention and flashes big potential often…Is comfortable as a jump shooter from about as far as 18 feet, but is expanding his range even more…Pretty good passer…Shows a finesse post game with jump hooks, up-and-unders, and a turnaround jumper…Does a nice job of moving without the ball to get high percentage looks…Shows promise as a pick and pop option…Doesn’t seem to have reached his athletic or physical potential despite 4 years in college…Was productive on the glass as a Soph and Jr.
Weaknesses: Davis is very skinny right now and hasn’t gotten much bigger over the past 3 years…Won’t be as effective as he often was as a post scorer against NBA guys until he gets substantially stronger…Won’t be confused with an enforcer…Often gets out-battled down low on both ends…Not physical, shies away from contact…His energy and motor are both very improvable on both ends…Although he has a lot of different skills as a face up 4, most of them lack great polish and none stand out as NBA caliber…Often relies too heavily on his quickness to create…Has potential as a shooter, but his fundamentals break down often resulting in frequent inconsistency…Disappears from game far too easily…Never broke out the way most observers thought he had the talent to after improving a lot as a Soph…Doesn’t compete hard on D…Rebounding dropped by 2 a contest from his Jr. to Sr. year
Overall: Davis has a budding skill set as a PF and clearly has a good deal of untapped potential for a Sr. prospect, but he needs more strength and to get more “fire” in his game. He’s got talent, but he floats a lot and doesn’t do any dirty work. That will have to improve, as his skills aren’t polished enough for him to get on the floor much right now.
Jorrye Nixon 6/20/11