The recruitment of shooting guard Myles Davis ended with an abrupt Twitter thud, last night.
“I would like to announce that I will be a Musketeer at Xavier University,” Davis tweeted late Monday night, also confirming the commitment to CBSSports.com in a text message.
The 6-foot-1 guard from Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) chose Xavier over Pittsburgh, Georgetown and West Virginia.
This was a surprise since Pitt had been recruiting Davis for some time and he is the coulsin of Pitt assistant Brandin Knight. Davis seemed to be highest on Pitt and Georgetown, so the choice of Xavier was a bit of a surprise.
Or maybe it isn’t.
“I just felt like it was the right place for me,” the Plainfield, N.J., native said late Monday. “I feel like I’m going to have a good chance of playing time with Tu Holloway leaving.”
Early playing time would be a big question mark at Pitt. Sure Ashton Gibbs will be gone next year, but Pitt has Durand Johnson, Isiah Epps and John Johnson all as possible guys to fill the role of Gibbs at shooting guard next season.
Davis is considered an excellent shooter, but right now that is the primary thing — hence why he is evaluated as being a 3-star caliber player. It isn’t a knock on him, it’s the same reason a guy like Ashton Gibbs slipped in recruiting rankings from his sophomore/junior years to his senior year. The rest of his game was not yet there.
Odds are, at best, Davis would have been a guy getting a few minutes as a freshman, but he would not have anywhere near a clear path to playing time at Pitt — or Georgetown.
Realistically this is the difference between a 3-4 star recruit and a 4-5 star recruit. The latter generally has the talent, better all-around game, and/or is so good at one thing that it will get him plenty of playing time and even starter minutes. The former, has to decide whether early playing time is more important than the particular program.
And frankly if Pitt is going to miss on a kid, better he goes to an A-10 school than a Big East rival.