Daejon Davis, a Seattle-native and ESPN Top 50 recruit formally announced his (re)commitment to the University of Washington after stepping back on the recruiting carousel seven months ago following his de-commitment from...the University of Washington.
Davis, a 4-star guard, committed to Washington in August 2015, but re-opened his recruiting in April 2016.
“I just didn’t feel the same about the whole situation and it’s my last AAU session so I decided it is now or never,” said Davis at the time. “It’s a thing that you don’t get a second chance at so I made sure to take advantage of my opportunity to show what I have and look at other schools.”
The Huskies always remained in the mix, but Davis spent the last seven months taking a closer look at Gonzaga, Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona during his second recruitment cycle. Though Davis crossed Arizona off his list fairly quickly, the other three schools all remained in consideration, with Davis even visiting Spokane for Kraziness in the Kennel.
Ultimately, however, the allure of staying at home and playing for his hometown college won out according to an article published by Rivals.com.
"After going on all of my visits and seeing what everybody has to offer I just felt most comfortable with putting my trust with people I had developed a relationship most of my life," Davis told Rivals.com. "Coach Will Conroy has always been there, Coach Romar has always been there even when I wasn't being recruited and I was just up there shooting in the gym.
"I just felt most comfortable with staying home and doing it for my city."
For Gonzaga fans, missing out on Davis may be annoying but doesn’t really affect the team’s bright outlook. The Zags are still loaded with long-term talent that will be buoyed with the additions of Corey Kispert and Jesse Wade in the class of 2017. The addition of Davis would have made it two consecutive classes with an ESPN Top-50 recruit, but would have also created a roster crunch with no scholarships currently available for next season.
Best of luck to Daejon Davis with the rest of his basketball career, except for when UW plays Gonzaga.