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Michigan State Lands First 2015 Commit

Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley

12/11/13

Wednesday afternoon, one of the nation's biggest mysteries pulled the string and committed to Michigan State.  Little was known about Muskegon's 6'8" 2015 power forward Deyonta Davis outside of Michigan a year ago, but his name slowly grew over the late spring and summer.  As much as people learned of his name over the past few months they hadn't seen his game and that's where much of the mystery starts.

It was a year ago at Lansing Eastern's Thanksgiving Scrimmage that Muskegon's new coach, Keith Guy, pointed the young sophomore out.  While he was still a project, there was hidden ability.  Guy remembers his first thoughts of "De-De" being a big-time recruit, "When I first saw him play. Which was last summer (2012) when I got the job at Muskegon."  It took about a year later for the message to get through as Davis picked up mid-major offers from Stony Brook, Detroit-Mercy, Northern Illinois, Cleveland State, Toledo, Kent State, and numerous other mid-major programs before September rolled around and Memphis assistant Jason Gardner called.  Soon after, Memphis, Iowa State, Missouri, Rhode Island, and then Michigan State offered.  

Muskegon is a little less than two hours west of E. Lansing so one can say proximity had its factor but not the only factor as Coach Guy tells IPS, "He liked the caoching staff, and he loves Adriean Payne.  His mother, grandmother, and great grandmother liked MSU also."  And like Payne he has a deep relationship with his grandmother, many of the same athletic abilities, and similar skill at the same stage in life.  As juniors, both were better face up four men than back to the basket players, while Seth Dugan is no Jared Sullinger (All-Ohio Red) he provides freedom for Davis to play away from the basket in the spring and summer for ACB Hoops.  Both have trememdous abilities but everything isn't harnessed yet and they both are atheltic rebounders, shot blockers, run the floor extremely well, and will step out to make mid-range jumpers.

This summer he was invited to Tim McCormick's Michigan Elite 25, which comprised of many of the top 25 players in each of the state's four classes.  He was dominant in drill work and games against the state's top players which helped increase his recruiting buzz.

As a sophomore, DD averaged 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game.

Keith Guy has long been around talent as he coached nearby Muskegon Heights to State Final Fours and Finals over the past ten years, but never won the big one.  This year may be different as he has the center piece in the middle with Davis, but also talented guards in Stony Brook commit Deshaun Thrower and fellow senior Will Roberson as well as Joe'viair Kennedy, a 6'3" junior, coming off the wing to lead him once against to title contention.

De-De is the second player in Michigan's 2015 class to commit (Corey Redman to CMU) and the first 2015 commitment for MSU.  Guy tells IPS, "MSU assistant Dwayne Stephens (was most involved in De-De's recruitment)."

Marquette, Tennessee-Martin, and UNLV also offered as interest came from Wisconsin, Xavier, Florida, Louisville, Butler, Michigan, NC State, Illinois, and Iowa.

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