Seton Hall has landed a player familiar to Pitt basketball fans, signing Brooklyn forward Mike Davis on Wednesday.
If the name rings a bell, it’s because Davis originally committed to Pitt before his junior season in November 2003. That’s right. Four years ago.
Davis, a 6-foot-9 power forward, has been best described as “well-traveled” after attendeding four high schools – Xaverian, Banneker, Notre Dame Prep and Brooklyn Academy. That’s not quite Mark Blount material — the Minnesota Timberwolves center holds the record with seven high schools in four years — but it’s in the same league.
Davis was considered a top-100 prospect in his class before struggling at the ABCD camp.
A one-time teammate of former Pitt forward Chris Taft and current point guard Levance Fields at Xaverian (also the alma mater of Manhattan coach Barry Rohrssen, the former Pitt assistant who recruited the trio), Davis was expelled for academic and attendance difficulties just a month before he was supposed to sign with the Panthers.
The Panthers backed off Davis, who still hasn’t passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse. With Aaron Gray, Levon Kendall and Doyle Hudson all juniors at the time, Pitt had to find another big man for the Class of 2006. The Panthers instead signed 6-11 Austin Wallace, who took a redshirt last season and needs to add weight to play inside.
That will make it interesting to see who fares better in the Big East Conference, Wallace or Davis. The signing of Schenley’s DeJuan Blair might make it irrelevant, as it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s their best player in the pivot.