Boys Basketball: Kyle Davis opening eyes on club circuitHyde Park's Kyle Davis adds two by scoring past Manley's Darnell Lindsay. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Updated: August 23, 2012 9:52AM
Many Chicago high school basketball players are recognized as elite prospects and high-major players before even their junior season of high school basketball.
But there are still players that slip through the cracks and end up coming on strong later in their careers.
Rising senior guard Kyle Davis might just be the latest example of a late-blooming prospect coming from Chicago. After spending his first three seasons playing varsity at Hyde Park, Davis will spend his senior season at Morgan Park and has been playing at a high-level this spring on the club circuit.
Although Davis was often pegged as a small shooting guard, his play as a point guard this spring with the Mac Irvin Fire has opened the eyes of some national recruiting analysts.
“What’s impressive is how Kyle has developed into more of a point guard,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow. “Kyle is a kid who has looked to score in the past; now he is showing a better ability to run a team.”
The improvement as a point guard has helped Davis improve his stock, but the 6-foot lefty’s athleticism and defense have continued to stand out. When asked what mattered most to his success on the floor, Davis even acknowledged that his effort on defense took precedence.
“My role is just to play hard defense and make the other team turn the ball over so our guys can get easy baskets,” Davis said. “I want to get up-and-down, trap, press, and play fast.”
Davis mentioned that Nebraska, Oklahoma, Xavier, Marquette, USC, LSU, DePaul, Wichita State, UNLV, Kansas State and Northwestern have showed interest in him this spring.
Rivals national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi believes he could even potentially join the national rankings with the way he has played.
“Kyle has been one of the better surprises of the spring. I’ve watched him three weekends in a row and he’s grown on me each time,” Bossi said. “I don’t like to speak in anything definite regarding what could happen with rankings. However, I think he’ll make it into our next set of rankings and I think he could potentially be a four-star prospect when it’s all said and done.”