After a somewhat disappointing performance in day one, Davis responded nicely in Hargraves second game at the National Prep Showcase. It was not coincidental that he was much more productive today due to the fact that he exerted more effort and was much more active on both ends of the floor. The West Virginia commit showed flashes of a developing game in the low post, converting on a few athletic moves when he touched the ball in the pivot. He did a nice job of making his presence felt on the defensive end as well, altering everything that came into the key. Displaying nice timing and above average leaping ability, Roscoe showed flashes of having the potential of becoming a solid post defender at the collegiate level.
Despite all of the positive things that we saw today out of Davis, he is far from a finished product and has quite a ways to go before he is anywhere near reaching his maximum potential. He is your typical Bob Huggins big man; High risk, high reward. Any way you look at it though, there are few players here in Lowell that have the combination of size and potential that the DC native possesses.
One of highest risers of the past summer from the senior class, there were some high hopes going into this game to watch this mobile 6-11 center who just recently committed to Bob Huggins at West Virginia. Those expectations largely went unanswered, although its not very difficult to see why many high major programs coveted him based off his upside.
Davis is a fairly athletic big man, blessed with a good frame and very nice hands. He runs the floor well, is quick off his feet, and has an especially impressive 2nd bounce he can utilize to chase blocked shots and offensive rebounds. He also has pretty good timing to boot, offering us some really intriguing glimpses of potential that make you wonder how good he might be if he only gave a consistent effort throughout the game.
Davis is a player who constantly needs to be involved in his teams offense, as otherwise you will quickly see his body language sour and hell begin to loaf around the perimeter defensively and not run the floor very hard. Besides his shot-blocking ability its hard to say that he had any real presence on the defensive end at all in this game. He put in a sub-par effort on the defensive glass (letting a severely undersized power forward basically eat his lunch all game), gambled excessively for steals, and was caught napping on pick and rolls several times hedging and not then recovering back inside.
Offensively, Davis may want a lot of touches, but his skill-set at the moment doesnt exactly warrant that. He has no real back to the basket game, and his jumper is not a real weapon at this point. He also has a tendency to settle for bad shots going out of his element.
Although this evaluation may seem harsh, we have to remember that Davis is a late-blooming big man whos weaknesses are all still very much correctable. The talent and natural gifts are all there for him to become a very productive college player and maybe even more than that, but hell need to put the effort in first.