Carolina basketball further strengthened their already stout 2020 class today, as four-star combo guard R.J. Davis announced that he will play basketball for Roy Williams next year. His announcement took place at his high school, Stepinac High, and he selected the Tar Heels out of a list that included Georgetown, Pitt, and Marquette.
R.J. Davis is listed as a 5’11 combo guard and is the 57th best player in the country according to the 247Sports Composite. As far as his positional ranking goes, he is listed as the 7th best combo guard in the country, directly behind former UNC target and Duke commit DJ Steward. Roy Williams offered Davis a scholarship following the evaluation period back in July after he had a standout performance during the Nike EYBL Peach Jam tournament. As Jake Lawrence discussed in his offer article, Davis averaged 20.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.1 steals per contest in the 13 EYBL games prior to Peach Jam, and shot 49.7% from the field as well as 46.9% from three.
When it comes to Davis’ skillset, one of the first things that stands out is how fast he is. 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer compared him to JJ Barea, who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks, and was also an extremely fast guard in his prime. Davis is also a natural scorer, and can get his points from anywhere on the floor. He definitely falls in line with the score-first point guards that have caught Roy Williams’ eye so often, but he has good facilitation skills as well. Defensively, his size could potentially be a problem when handling bigger guards, but his quickness should help him disrupt plays and hopefully turn them into points.
Davis’ commitment now gives the Tar Heels three five-stars and one four-star for the 2020 recruiting class. This is easily one of the best recruiting classes that the Heels have had in the one-and-done era, and is the arguably the best recruiting class that Williams has landed since the NCAA investigation caused major issues in the program. Now that they have Davis, notable names left on the recruiting board for the 2020 class are Kerwin Walton, Bryce Thompson, Cade Cunningham, Ziaire Williams, Greg Brown, and Puff Johnson.
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