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Aztecs land prep dedication from ‘health club rat’ guard

Gymnasium rat: test.

Love’s protection: test.

Chip on his shoulder: test.

Massive upside: test.

BJ Davis, a 6-foot-2 guard from Modesto Christian Excessive, orally dedicated to San Diego State at a faculty meeting Friday afternoon in what looks as if the right match for a males’s basketball program as interested by expertise as intangibles.

“Quite a lot of youngsters who blow up early and get loads of consideration, they cease working,” stated Modesto Christian coach Brice Fantazia. “They suppose every thing goes to be straightforward, every thing goes to be handed to them. BJ by no means had something handed to him. His dad and mom of him are from Oakland, they’re grounded, they’re blue-collar folks. BJ clearly has discovered from them. It is top-of-the-line households I’ve ever coached, and top-of-the-line youngsters I’ve ever coached.

“He does not have an ego, he isn’t entitled in any respect, he does not care about any of that stuff. He simply desires to be the very best basketball participant he may be. I can not converse extremely sufficient about him.”

In its historical past, Modesto Christian has twice had seasons the place a participant shot 50 % from the sphere, 40 % behind the 3-point arc and 90 % on the line. Davis owns each, most notably a junior 12 months the place he averaged 17.0 factors, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and a pair of.6 steals on a 30-6 workforce that misplaced within the Open Division state championship sport to Corona Centennial.

However he has largely operated below the radar, being in Modesto and enjoying within the backcourt shadow of Jamar Phillips, a 6-3 junior who’s ranked within the high 25 nationally for the category of 2024 and is being courted by the school basketball’s bluebloods. It wasn’t till a powerful summer time on the membership circuit that individuals started to note that, yeah, Davis can play, too.

247Sports shortly elevated him to a three-star prospect and No. 137 nationally.

“Everybody (within the recruiting providers) is like, ‘He blew up so quick it is arduous to know the place to place him within the rankings,’” Fantazia stated. “As a freshman, I’ve performed JV and did not complain. He was all-state as a sophomore however that was a COVID 12 months with out followers and nobody noticed him. He simply stored working, stored working, and this summer time his athleticism kicked into one other gear. I’ve grown three inches. He simply handed up loads of youngsters alongside the way in which. His finest basketball from him is forward of him.

“I contemplate San Diego State to be a excessive main, and so they had been actually the primary high-major college to leap in and say, ‘I do not care what these different folks say. I see what I see. He can play for us.’ The factor about BJ is, he doesn’t care about any of that (recruiting rankings) stuff. he does not care. You would put the No. 1 guard within the nation in entrance of him, and BJ thinks he is higher.”

He visited SDSU over Labor Day and attended the inaugural soccer sport at Snapdragon Stadium. He went to Saint Mary’s the next week, then canceled a visit to Washington State. Additionally in his record of 9 finalists had been Boise State, Wyoming, Colorado State, Mississippi, UC Santa Barbara and Drake.

His dedication comes lower than 24 hours after one other SDSU goal, 6-7 Harvard Westlake wing Brady Dunlap, picked Notre Dame. Dunlap was on the go to with Davis, however he grew up within the ACC when he was father was an assistant coach at North Carolina State and informed On3.com that “with the ability to play in that league is a dream come true.”

The one different prospect from the category of 2023 to take an official go to to SDSU this month, 6-9 publish Miles Heide from Mount Si Excessive in Snoqualmie, Wash., is predicted to announce a call subsequent week following a visit to Washington State.

SDSU seems to be taking an analogous strategy to highschool recruiting because it did final season — being extremely selective and figuring out solely three targets, then utilizing the spring switch market to fill any remaining holes.

A 12 months in the past, they received Elijah Saunders and Miles Byrd however misplaced out on guard Koran Johnson to Washington. As a substitute, they landed junior guard Darrion Trammell, who averaged 18.7 factors in two seasons at Seattle, from the portal.

Davis fills a backcourt want with Matt Bradley and Adam Seiko each of their last 12 months of eligibility. Trammell would have one 12 months left, and Lamont Butler two.

Davis is extra combo guard than pure level, capable of rating in any respect three ranges with a fast launch on his jumper and fast first step.

“However I am guessing the very first thing (SDSU) most likely observed about him is his protection,” Fantazia stated. “He is one of many only a few guys who can rating 30 and he is nonetheless going to choose up the opposite workforce’s finest participant 94 ft. He likes to play protection. He is extraordinarily fast and is a wonderful on-ball defender. He has nice instincts. Defensively, Day 1 he’ll be able to go.

“And he is a health club rat. The No. 1 factor in his complete recruiting course of was growth. That is all I care about. Different faculties provided him the chance to start out immediately, and there are not any ensures at San Diego State. I do not care. He is prepared to go in and compete and work.”

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