Vincent Edward Mendoza
2016 Aurora, CO product De’Ron Davis is a 6’9 240 pound power forward that is truly a load to deal with on the post. He creates mismatches with his ability to handle the ball and step out and hit the 12 to 18 foot jump shot while not losing his power down low.
Davis chatted with PGU at the Pangos All American Camp to talk a little more about the strong points of his offensive and defensive style.
“I work hard, I don’t settle for jump shots I just take what the defense give me,” he said.
Davis put on a clinic at Pangos when smaller defenders were matched up on him by setting up on the blocks and using his body to position himself for the entry pass.
“It just depends on what the defense gives me,” he said. “If you’re playing on my left shoulder I’m going right, if you play my right shoulder I’m going left and if you play me straight up I can face up and make a move. I can handle the ball so I can create my own shot.”
First impressions of Davis on the court are reminiscent of Arizona great Derrick Williams. His fluid motion of being able to transition from the post to the perimeter and finishing around the rim with both hands through contact will prove to be extremely valuable at the collegiate level.
A consensus top 30 player, Davis can finish with both hands, has a great spin move, and is an underrated passer. His vision from the block and high post is evident as he found open teammates all weekend.
However, Davis doesn’t settle for only scoring points on the offensive end, as he is able to use his size to his advantage on the defensive end as well.
“I just try to play hard, defense is about work ethic, I just try to play hard and defend the rim and pride myself on not letting my man score,” he said. “I can guard the 3-5 and if you take pride on defense offense will come easy.”
A strong rebounder, Davis moves his feet well and is able to make adjustments on the weak side to move around defenders and made a handful of blocks and is disruptive with this sneaky athleticism by catches opposing players off guard, especially on the weak side.
With his recruitment winding down going into his final AAU season Davis told PGU, “I’m picking my top 5 here shortly after the NBPA Top 100 Camp (which takes place June 16-21) I’m just trying to get my name out there.”
Davis holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Texas and UCLA. When asked about which coach from Arizona that he is closest with Davis stated, “Coach Damon. We’ve built a good relationship and I want to take an official visit there soon.”
To Davis’ surprise, he was unaware that Coach Stoudamire had left the program for Memphis.
“That was the only coach that I have talked to from Arizona. This is crazy.” However, Davis said that Arizona would still be considered, as they are a top school in his mind.
When looking for a school Davis had one thing in mind.
“I just want to be developed. I want someone to take me to the next level, someone that can show me a good work ethic because I pride my game on working hard,” he said.