By Jakob Engelke
Special to The Baltimore Sun
9:21 AM EDT, March 14, 2013
The greater Atlanta area has become a frequent stop for the Maryland men’s basketball program in its recruiting travels. After landing Marietta, Ga., native Charles Mitchell in the class of 2012, the Terps – led by assistant coach Bino Ranson – have scouted numerous prospects from Georgia, including Trayvon Reed, Isaiah Manderson, Daniel Giddens and Jaylen Brown.
Now there’s a new name on the Terps’ list of prospects from Georgia: 2015 power forward Shawntrez Davis.
Davis, who attends Tri Cities High School in Atlanta and plays AAU for Game Elite, claims offers from Maryland, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee.
It’s still early in the recruiting process for 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward – Davis has only visited his hometown school, Georgia Tech – and he readily admits he hasn’t researched much about the schools interested in him. Still, he does have a connection to Maryland in Mitchell.
“I know Charles Mitchell. I played against him," Davis said. "And I know [Maryland] has a good team chemistry. They play well together. I like their style.”
Davis has also started to establish a relationship with Ranson.
“I’ve met him a few times and talk to him now and then,” Davis said. “He just tells me to stay humble and keep working hard so I can get better.”
Based on scouting reports from recruiting analysts, Davis projects to be a stretch-four in college that can defend multiple positions and has the ability to score both around the basket and from the perimeter. As a sophomore, he averaged close to a double-double in points and rebounds and was more often than not the focal point of Tri Cities’ game plans.
As a 6-foot-8 stretch four, Davis said he tries to emulate the style of Kevin Durant.
“I really like the way he plays,” Davis said. “I can do some of the same things. I just bring an energy and a toughness to the game.”
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