May 4, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. --- Will Davis, a 6-9 post player from Sacramento, has signed a national letter of intent with the UC Irvine men's basketball program, announced by Anteater head coach Russell Turner.
Davis chose UCI over UC Santa Barbara, Air Force, USF, Penn, Delaware and UNC Greensboro as Turner and his staff landed another top recruit from Northern California, joining former San Ramon Valley High standout Chris McNealy, who played in 31 games as a freshman for the `Eaters this past season.
Davis attended New Hampton (N.H.) Prep this year after being ranked the 16th player in the class of 2010 out of Sacramento High School, according to NorCalPreps.com.
He averaged over eight rebounds as a senior at Sacramento High, grabbing twin-digit boards in 13 games. Davis scored in double figures in 15 games, posting highs of 22 points in a win over Vista del Lago and 16 boards versus Clovis West.
He recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds against Oakland, and 13 points and 11 boards versus Compton as Sacramento High was 25-8 overall and 10-0 in the Metro League during his senior season. He had 10 double-doubles for the Dragons in 2009-10, including three of the season's final five games.
"Will Davis is a great addition to the UCI Basketball family," Turner said. "As a player, he has an exciting combination of athleticism and size, and I really look forward to working with him. In addition, Will brings exceptional character and academic ability to our team, and I am excited that he has chosen to play his college ball in Irvine."
Davis received a scouts' grade of 88 by ESPN.com.
"He has true post-up game. There's a measured toughness to him and he has the look and feel of a kid who is merely scratching the surface. (He) isn't afraid to play in traffic. He's a live-bodied power forward with the ability to run and rebound."