A new name on the recruiting radar is 6’7 junior forward Denzel Davis. The past few seasons he has battled nagging injuries but now he is back to full strength. Davis is looking forward to building on the momentum he gained playing this summer with the Orlando Basketball Club Mavs 16u (OBC) and Orlando Wildcats 17u. Davis attends Orlando Lake Highland Prep where he has rapidly improved under Highlander head coach and former NBA player Jeff Turner.
His improvements haven’t gone unnoticed be a few college coaches. “I am receiving interest from FAU, UCF, USF, Bucknell, Stetson and Appalachian State,” Davis said in reference to the programs he is hearing from. He doesn’t have a leader at this point but did mention that all the staffs seemed pretty cool. He is also an excellent student so we expect his list to grow longer before it gets shorter.
Davis is a long skilled forward that brings energy and intensity on the defensive end. He uses is length to block and/or alter shots and is a good rebounder on both ends of the floor. He uses his high basketball IQ and ability to pass the basketball to impact the game offensively. We wouldn’t be surprised if Davis put it all together in one game and records a triple double with points, rebounds and blocks.
Last season the Highlanders won the District Championship over Orlando Jones but were bounced by the Tigers in the regional semifinals. The Highlanders have lost several players off the District Championship team but Davis feels he and his teammates are up for the challenges of a new year. “I think we should have a really strong season but we have a lot of spots to fill with the loss of a bunch of great seniors,” Davis said. Once again, Lake Highland Prep and Orlando Jones are in the same district but this time they are in Class 4A District 7. “A rematch between us and Jones for the district championship would be intense but we are taking it one game at a time trying to get better each day.”
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