Senator hoop star Davis showcases skills, eyes college offers

The offers began for Eden Davis after Dover’s showing at the Philly Live Event in Philadelphia June 28-30. Delaware State News file photos

DOVER — At first, Eden Davis thought Stephen Wilson was joking.

The Dover High boys’ basketball team was up at a summer showcase tournament in Philadelphia and coach Wilson was telling his rising senior guard about all the college coaches who would be in attendance.

Then the Senators walked into an elevator and Wilson shook hands with an assistant coach from Virginia Tech.

They made it into the gym and saw Mike Anderson, the new coach at St. John’s University. There was Hubert Davis, an assistant at the University of North Carolina, in the stands. Someone said Villanova’s head coach Jay Wright had just walked out of the gym.

That’s when it hit Davis.

“He turned to me and said, ‘Coach, I thought you were pulling one of your tricks,’” Wilson chuckled. “I told him no, no, no. This is it, this is the live period.”

And Davis has taken full advantage of that exposure this summer.

Davis has received three scholarship offers and more could be on the way after a strong performance with Dover and his AAU team at various tournaments. He holds offers from Robert Morris, Canisius and Texas A&M Corpus Christi so far.

“It shows that if you put in the work people will notice and that motivates me to work even harder,” Davis said. “It’s a great feeling and I’m ready for more.”

The offers began for Davis after Dover’s showing at the Philly Live Event in Philadelphia June 28-30. The showcase tournament takes place during one of five “live” periods where college coaches are allowed to travel to recruiting events.

Dover was one of only two Delaware teams to be invited to the Philly Live Event. The other was Sanford, which defeated Dover in the state title game by three points earlier this year.

Dover came away with a victory over Archbishop Carroll, one of the top-ranked teams in the country, in its first game. Wilson said Davis scored close to 30 points in that contest.

Eden Davis, a first team All-State player this past high school season, then hit the AAU circuit, playing for Team Rio, based out of New Jersey.

“My phone started blowing up and I told him the offers are going to start coming in real soon,” Wilson said. “They’ve been coming in and they’re going to keep coming in.”

Sanford also knocked off Imhotep Charter, another top-ranked team, that day. Wilson said his group took some pride in helping to raise the profile of Delaware high school basketball.

“That shows that the kids at both programs are doing the right things,” Wilson said. “I think we both represented the state well, which could be instrumental in helping other kids from Delaware. It was special for Dover to be invited because we’re used to winning now, but I would like to see our kids get more recognition.”

“Just because we’re from Delaware doesn’t mean we can’t play,” Davis added. “Yeah it’s a small state but there’s talent here and we’re ready to compete against anyone.”

Davis, a first team All-State player this past high school season, then hit the AAU circuit, playing for Team Rio, based out of New Jersey.

He played with Team Rio this past weekend at an event in Atlanta where Texas A&M Corpus Christi saw him and extended him its offer. Davis, who is listed as 6-foot on recruiting websites, said traveling the country with his AAU team exposes him to different types of players he wouldn’t normally see in Delaware.

“There’s guys who are like 6-8 or 6-9 so I got to change my game,” Davis said. “It’s good competition and I’ve got to do things differently against them. It opened my eyes to show me how much harder I got to work.”

Davis also spent time working out in the Poconos this summer for four days, bunking with other players in a room with no air conditioning. That type of commitment, is what’s gotten him to where he is today, he says.

Since he first began playing basketball when he was six, Davis has always had the goal of playing in college.

He played soccer and football growing up but stuck with basketball after some lessons from his older sister La Shelle.

“She’s how I got my handles,” Davis said. “People don’t believe me, but she’s how I got so good at dribbling. She’s the one who taught me how to play. I wasn’t the best shooter when I was young so I hard to work on that because you have to be able to shoot at the next level. I knew when I was young I was going to do whatever it takes to get to the next level. I want it bad.”

And it hasn’t been just Davis receiving interest from colleges out of Dover.

Numerous coaches have inquired about fellow senior and fellow first team All-Stater Elijah Allen. Allen was at the same tournament Davis was at in Atlanta and scored 50 points in a single game.

Wilson thinks Allen’s recruiting will take off as quickly as Davis’ has.

“They’re known in the country now,” Wilson said. “They see their grades and how hard they work in the weight room. They know how hard we play. We’re not able to practice as a team in the summer so a lot of the things you see them do together on the court is just remembering from the year. They want to make it to the next level. That’s the level they want to play at. They know that Dover basketball is a little bit of a stepping stone because they have bigger things they want to accomplish when it’s all said and done.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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