One of the state's elite scorers is now off the recruiting board. Poston Butte High School’s talented 6-foot senior point guard Kyle Davis soared well under the recruiting radar for some time, and, as a result, he has decided to take his game and future to the jjunior college ranks in an attempt to raise his college recruitment.
Recently, Davis signed a national letter of intent with local junior college power Mesa Junior College and legendary head coach Sam Ballard and his basketball staff.
Davis is one of the state’s best overall talents and is coming off his best season of play to date. As a senior this season for head coach Noel Nafziger, Davis teamed up with fellow star performer, Jalen Richard (Santa Clara signee) to make Poston Butte, a newly developed basketball program in the state, one of the state’s elite programs. Davis poured in 20.3 points, 3.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per/contest. Poston Butte would finish the season with a nice 23-6 overall record in the state’s Division-II Class, and would reach the second round of the state playoffs before losing to a tough Nogales HS team (57-59).
As a junior, Davis’ numbers were identical as he was just as strong – averaging 18.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals per/game. Poston Butte’s season was also almost identical, as the team finished with a 23-7 overall record on the season and reached the state playoffs – only to fall to a loaded Fairfax HS team in the second round.
Davis played this spring with a talented group of unsigned senior prospects for the Arizona Magic Pump N’ Run-2013′s. The team would finish very strong in several events and Davis would be one of the catalysts for the team’s strong performances.
This young man is a nice find for any smaller college program looking for a consistent perimeter player with good toughness and confidence. His high school career suggests that he should become an instant contributor for Mesa JC next season.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: A throw-back performer, Davis is a crafty guard prospect that scores from almost anywhere on the floor, and is also able to set up his defender with a variety of cross-over dribbles and step-back moves. He can score from the perimeter or off the dribble where he is a good finisher over bigger defenders. He is a strong ball handler that gets his opposition off balance, also using his body well to create space off the dribble. Davis is also a very good shooter with nice range on his shot, which makes him difficult to defend, but he seems to be at his best when making plays for himself or others off the bounce. Davis is a good floor general as well, and makes players around him better. Possessing a high basketball IQ and a nice feel for the game, he makes the pass at the right time and pushes the basketball up the floor to the open teammate – a nice quality for a young point guard prospect. Davis is a solid defender and has good lateral quickness, although he will need to continue to work on his speed and athleticism to defend much quicker guards at the collegiate level. As he matures physically and gets on a nice workout regimen, he should gain much more speed and quickness over time. His feel and ability to put himself in the right position on the floor allow him to make plays for his team – something that will benefit him greatly over time as a player.