As the 2011 recruiting class gears up for their arrival on the Cincinnati campus in mid June, BearcatLair.com is catching up with the incoming freshman for an update before they enter the program.
When Jeremiah Davis left Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Indiana for Huntington Prep in Huntington, West Virginia he was looking to take his game to a new level as he prepared for college. It was slow going at first, but as the season wore on Davis became a integral part on a loaded roster that racked up a 25-3 record on the year.
Now that school is finished Davis will get a few weeks home in Muncie before reporting to the Clifton campus to begin his freshman season. He has always worked hard at improving his game, and that has continued since his high school season came to a close.
“My game is still coming along,” Davis said. “I'm working on a whole bunch of things to get ready for the Big East. It's a big honor and I'm excited.”
One thing many freshman struggle with once they get to the college level is adjusting to playing with a roster full of high major talent, but that shouldn't be a problem for Davis. Playing along side Charles Lee (Cleveland State), Maurice Aniefok (Mississippi), Ibrahima Djimde (Illinois), Sim Bhullar (Xavier) and highly sought after 2012 prospects Negus Webster-Chan and Stefan Jankovic gave Davis the opportunity to experience what competing for a spot was all about, and he felt he learned a great deal from the year in Huntington.
“It's been a great experience,” Davis said. “I love it over here at Huntington Prep. It was rough at first, but I just kept pushing and fighting and came along just fine.”
The daily grind of games and practice with so much competition to get on the floor can make a player shell up and back down, or they can battle through and prosper. For Davis it was the latter, and that is a good sign as he starts his career as a Bearcat.
“It's going to help me adjust a lot,” said Davis. “Everybody has talent and can push everybody. It was an honor to play with that type of players.”
After the conclusion of his season at Huntington Prep Davis had the chance to travel to New York City for a chance to play in the famed iS8 tournament along side fellow UC signee Jermaine Sanders. He scored 18 points in his debut with the New Heights program, and had a great time in his first trip to the Big Apple.
“It was sweet,” Davis said. “That was my first time in New York. I chilled with Jermaine and his coach, and they showed me a great time up there.”
In the same game Sanders poured in 30 points, and Davis gave a short and sweet scouting report on his new teammate.
“He's a great player,” said Davis. “He can definitely put the ball in the hoop.”
Davis will compete for time at the point and shooting guard positions, and he is looking forward to joining a program quickly on the rise.
“I know I made the right decision with coach Mick Cronin,” Davis said. “They recruited me hard and I'm going to make it right by them.”