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April 21, 2014

Wakefield's Davis Selects JUCO

The starting point guard this past year for a Wakefield Warriors team that made its second straight State Tournament appearance, Class of 2014 prospect Kyle Davis has decided to go the Junior College route to play his basketball at the next level.

Davis will be headed to Frederick Community College in Maryland to play for Coach Emonte Hill and the Cougars. After a 3-21 campaign, the Cougars were looking to strengthen their backcourt and get a guard with size that checks in at 6-foot-2. They made Davis a priority.

"I chose Frederick because Coach Hill was willing to take a chance on me. When it came down to it, he's the one calling me every day, texting me every day and he made me feel like the player I know I am," Davis told VirginiaPreps.com.

Davis also considered Wheeling Jesuit, Lowell UMASS, Virginia State, Iowa Western and Fairmont State.

As a junior at Washington-Lee, Davis averaged 5.5 points and 4.6 assists per game in 21 games. He then transferred to Wakefield and Coach Tony Bentley eventually gave him the reigns as the starter at the point. It was a bit of a transition for him changing schools and picking up the new system, but as the season progressed, he started to get the hang of things.

What really got Frederick's attention was Davis' performance in a 70-66 win over Potomac in the 5A-North Region Tournament Championship when he handed out seven assists while playing all 32 minutes in what was the 14th straight victory for Wakefield.

"Coach Hill and the rest of the staff like how I can get everyone involved and make everyone around me better. He knows that's the best part of my game. He heard good things about me, and when he came to the Potomac game, I think he really saw what type of point guard I was," noted Davis.

On the year, Davis averaged 4.9 points per game to go with over 150 assists and more than 75 steals. Even in the Warriors' final game, a 63-55 loss to Henrico in the 5A State Tournament Final Four, he managed to notch four assists and only one turnover in 24 minutes of play.

What will Davis provide the Cougars in his opinion?

"I feel like I can bring a hard-working kid, someone who's willing to get better every day. I think my strengths are making the other four guys around me better as well as getting to the cup and my defense. Coach Bentley says my defense is similar to Aaron Craft, but he also says I foul too much," stated Davis, who knows increasing his offensive skills as a scorer would boost his total game.

"I want to improve on my jump shot coming down in transition and being able to pull-up. Coach Hill says that's really the only thing that's stopping me from being a D-1 point guard in his eyes."

If things go the way Davis hopes for him at Frederick, it will open the opportunity to fulfill a dream down the road.

"At the end of my time there at the JUCO, my goal is to sign to a D-1 school. That's why I chose this route," he admitted. "When it's all said and done, I want to play D-1 and I'm not talking about a place like Syracuse, but the right fit for me, whether I do one or two years at the JUCO."

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail [email protected], and don't forget to listen to him on High School Sports Talk from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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