COLLEGE: MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
WEIGHT: 240 pounds
AGE: 19 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
2015-2016 STATISTICS: 8.4PTS, 5.2REB, 2BLK,
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE LOTTERY TO PICK NUMBER 15
NBA DRAFT COMPARISON: ADREIAN PAYNE-FORMER MICHIGAN STATE STAR/MORE ATHLETIC VERSION AND LEFTY
PLAYER SUMMARY: Davis was the number 26th ranked prospect in the 2015 class according to Rivals.com. The state of Michigan Mr. Basketball in 2015 has put on over 30 pounds of muscle since stepping on the East Lansing campus. Davis is an athletic 6’10” Power Forward with the potential to be a solid “stretch-4” at the NBA level. The lefty shows a nice shooting touch from around 15 feet. At this point in time he accumulates the majority of his points on dunks although he does show a nice little post-up move in glances. He runs the floor very well for a Power Forward. It is at the defensive end where Davis stands out at this point in his college career. Already a very good shot-blocker and rebounder, these 2 skills can translate to the NBA level.
Michigan State has an excellent front-court and rotate a bunch of players at the PF and C position. You can’t judge Davis by looking at his statistics because he doesn’t get as much playing time as other players who will enter the 2016 NBA Draft do. He currently comes off the bench for the Spartans, who have National Player of the Year candidate Denzel Valentine leading the charge for MSU. He needs to continue to add weight without losing his athleticism. The 19-year old needs to continue to refine his post-game as well as free-throw shooting. While a very good shot-blocker and rebounder, Davis tends to get lost on the defensive end but makes up for it with his athletic ability, which is evident when watching him play.
I believe Davis would be better served by staying at Michigan State for another year, however the temptation of being a potential lottery pick and definite first-rounder will probably be too hard to turn down. He has a very nice upside as a potential (stretch-4) at the next level and in a weak draft he is a possible lottery pick. In a draft year where there are few sure things, Davis fits into that category. However, you can see his potential when watching the Spartans play. He is currently rising up many analysts draft boards. Big-men with his skills usually go in the top half of the first round. The NBA team that drafts him will need to show patience with him and let him develop. In time he will be a nice NBA player.
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