This was supposed to be the season that St. Peter’s Prep (N.J.) made a run at a state championship. Loaded with upperclassmen, the Hudson County power was primed and ready for 2010 to be the year they emerged as legitimate contenders with some of the elite programs in the Garden State. Dynamic shooting guard Myles Davis had other plans though.
Behind the outstanding play of the then sophomore, the Marauders stormed there way to an undefeated 16-0 league record and a 23-2 showing overall that left them ranked as high as seventh in the state by some pundits. That magical run through the regular season left St. Peter’s as the number one seed in the Non-Public North A state tournament playoff bracket, the first time in 50 years the school had achieved such a distinction. Though the season would end in disappointment with a resounding 90-70 loss in the state semi-finals to Seton Hall Prep, it was hard for Davis and his teammates to feel to down with such a promising future ahead.
This season, the Marauder’s coaching staff will be expecting the 2011 prospect to take on even more of an important role given the attention his on the court accomplishments have drawn.
“[The coaches] definitely expect leadership out of me because we have such a young team this season,” he says. “They want me to set an example for everyone else both on and off the court," said Davis.
It would be beneficial for St. Peter’s to follow in the footsteps of the guard on the court first and foremost after the type of season he turned in last year. Davis posted averages of 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists on his way to earning first-team All-Hudson County honors, collecting the county tournament MVP award in the process. Prep will be armed to the teeth this season with Davis and fellow first-team member Ronald Roberts coming back – the only two returning players who earned the recognition last season.
After a summer spent touring the country with the famed Playaz Basketball Club that included stops at the AAU Nationals in Las Vegas and the Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina, Davis is ready to take his game to another level now with a bull’s eye squarely on his teams back.
The standout shooting guard has spent a lot of time in the weight room this off-season, adding muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame that now reportedly packs 180-pounds. His game – which has been on display during the Playaz Fall League and team open gyms – has taken some significant strides as well according to Davis.
“I feel like I’m getting much stronger and quicker with the ball,” he says. “I’m more comfortable handling the ball and bringing it up the court like a point guard would. My range has increased too."
That last statement should alarm opposing teams as Davis has already made a name for himself as a marksman from beyond the arc in his first two seasons at the high school level. His lack of size for the off-guard spot has forced him to develop his point guard skill set as well, something he continues to make strides with, as he moves towards becoming more of a combo-guard in the long run. Plenty of schools already have visions of the New Jersey product lining up at either guard spot in their backcourt in the not too distant future.
According to Davis, St. Joseph’s, Providence, George Mason, Rutgers, Marist, Rice, Fordham, Texas and St. John’s have all offered scholarships at this early stage in his recruitment. In addition, Georgetown, Virginia, Purdue, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Marquette and Notre Dame have all shown interest as well, making for a laundry list of major programs that will be anticipating the Marauder’s season opener in December.
The four-star recruit has already had unofficial visits to George Mason, Georgetown, St. Joseph’s and Virginia, but the Scarlet Knights seem to be the team that Davis has been the most exposed to given his close proximity to the school.
“I’ve been to their campus a bunch of times for tournaments," said Davis. “It’s a nice school and it’s close to home."
While Davis says he is nowhere close to making a decision on where he will ultimately commit – preferring to wait until at least after his junior season is over – the Rutgers coaching staff has to at least be pleased to hear how much of a factor proximity to home will be in the guard’s selection.
“I don’t need to stay real close to home, but going somewhere that my parents can drive to and come see me play is important. At the very least, a team that plays other schools my parents can get to would be good," he said.
For the time being, Davis says his attention is solely focused on the upcoming season and if possible, improving on last year’s unexpected run. There are no further scheduled visits to any campuses at this point and he doesn’t anticipate making any kind of a commitment until next summer.