Louisville Men’s Basketball had only one commit for the 2020 class so far in 5 Star #1 JUCO prospect Jay Scrubb. However, today they welcomed a new player into the fold as 4 Star SF D’Andre Davis chose the Cards.
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— Dre Davis (@DAndreDavis14) October 20, 2019
The 6’5 170 lbs Davis had been a Nebraska commit before recently reopening his recruitment. He chose the Cards over the Huskers, Purdue, and Xavier, among others. Davis is ranked as the 95th best overall player and 21st best SF in the country per 247sports composite rankings. Luke Murray was his primary recruiter.
This was Davis’ first visit since decommitting from Nebraska. That he almost instantly popped for Louisville shows how blown away he was by the visit. Davis is from Indianapolis, IN where he plays for Lawrence Central High School.
Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, Davis filled up the stats sheet. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He shot 40.8% from the floor, 34% from beyond the arc, and 86.9% from the free throw line per d1circuit.com.
What is Louisville getting in D’Andre Davis? Well, his highlights show a player that is tough and doesn’t mind contact when going to the basket offensively. Davis has good handles for his size, can shoot and score at all three levels, can see the floor well, has a good basketball IQ, and is a good passer. His length combined with his athleticism and toughness make him a very good rebounder. Defensively, it is conceivable he could guard 3 positions on the floor. Now, let’s go a little deeper on what his highlights show.
Shooting and Scoring
Davis is a good shooter. The stroke is a smooth one and he has a good, high release point. His range is easily beyond the arc.
He has a nice mid-range game and shows to ability to catch and shoot and to pull up off the dribble. From behind the arc, he can catch and shoot, use a stepback move to make the shot, and he can shoot off the dribble. He’s at his best as a catch and shoot guy.
When I saw his shooting percentages, I was initially shocked because the stroke I see does not necessarily match the percentages. I think under Coach Mack’s tutelage, he can become a much more consistent shooter.
Davis is a natural scorer. He can get to the rim and finish. He can get up and dunk on defenders. His strength and toughness allow him to finish through contact and should give him ample opportunity for and-1s. His free throw shooting numbers are impressive and lead me to believe he will complete most of those and-1 opportunities.
Ball Handling/Court Vision and Basketball IQ/Passing
Davis is a very good ball handler. It allows him to get to the rim in the half court and be a dangerous force in transition. He’s strong with the ball and is adept at handling it with either hand, but prefers to go right.
The court vision Davis has is extraordinary. He sees the floor so well and can see lanes to attack the defense or pass for open shots. What’s even more important is that Davis not only sees the lanes to attack or pass, but that he knows which option to choose. Davis understands when to shoot, when to attack the basket, or when to pass for a better shot. He doesn’t seem to force bad shots or attack the rim when there’s no lane. That’s something a coach like Chris Mack will love.
Davis is such an impressive passer. Whether in the half court or in transition, he can thread the needle to get his teammates open layups, alley oops, and shots. He can utilize any pass, understands the angles he must use, and understands the type of pass he has to use to get the ball to his intended teammate. I have to think his passing ability can be utilized more here at UofL.
While not present in the highlights, you can see the length, athleticism, and toughness that should make him a good rebounder. His numbers on the EYBL circuit show that averaging 6.5 rebounds a game. He’s not afraid to get in around the rim defensively and fight for position. There are some highlights where we see he has a very good ability to crash the boards offensively to get putback layups and dunks. Check them out below.
While not a one-and-done type guy, D’Andre Davis is going to be a very good 3-4 year player. If he develops more consistency in his shooting, he could grow into a star. He will definitely be a starter at some point because of his skills and toughness. He reminds me a little of current UofL player Dwayne Sutton and former Xavier player Trevon Bluiett. Both because of his size and the way he plays the game. Davis is going to be a player that will fill up the stat sheet because he can do a little of everything. It’ll be interesting to see how much stronger he gets with strength coach Andy Kettler because he is already a physically strong player. D’Andre Davis will be a very good player for Coach Chris Mack. As I have stated above, if he develops for Mack, he can become an excellent college player.