In the race against time to fill his 2014 class, Ernie Kent picked up his second commit on Saturday: 6-foot-3 guard Jackie Davis out of Rolling Hills Prep in San Pedro, Calif.
Davis is a consensus three-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, and he held offers from Penn State, Loyola Marymount, UC Irvine and San Francisco. He appeared to be reclassifying to 2015 in order to head to Penn State after a year in prep school before the Cougars got involved.
You'll see Davis listed at various sites as a point guard, but I don't know about that. In watching his videos below, I see a guy who is a point guard like Ike Iroegbu is a point guard -- solid with the ball in his hands, can pass well enough, but his primary orientation is to try and score.
That said, they're just highlight videos, so who knows? There's plenty of stuff in there to like, anyway. Davis is long and athletic -- he doesn't explode off the floor, but he can definitely get up with a little bit of gather. He appears to have excellent body control. His shot looks fundamentally solid, although he might need to work on getting a little more elevation on his jumper from three.
"A bit of a late bloomer, Davis is a solid all around shooting guard with excellent athleticism," writes Rivals.com's Eric Bossi. "He can get into the lane, is a good defender and is pretty comfortable as a primary scoring option who can create off the dribble."
In all, this seems like a really good get at this stage of the game. He's probably not a difference maker next year, but he's got some nice tools to work with that ought to fit well with what Ernie Kent is trying to do -- he can run, jump, handle it a little on the break and shoot it a bit.
With Davis' commitment and Aaron Cheatum officially signing his letter, this is how the scholarship situation currently stands:
You can see that Kent's still got a pair of scholarships to play with. According to Britton Ransford of WazzuWatch.com, WSU also has offered both Lyrik Schreiner and Nye Redding of Westwind Prep in Arizona. Both have WSU in their top two, and both are guards. Schreiner is a 6-3 scorer, while Redding is a 6-1 point guard.
No word on any potential big bodies WSU is looking at. It's pretty slim pickings at this point. Honestly, if I was Kent, I'd be giving strong consideration to holding back one or two of these scholarships and seeing what I could come up with in 2015 after having an entire year to recruit.