Pitt’s basketball program received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-4 inch, 190 pound combo-guard Khameron Davis from Forest Trails Academy in Kernersville, NC on Thursday. Davis was the 6th player to join the Panthers class of 2017.
— Khameron Davis (@kidder900) May 4, 2017
Davis, a player with a 6-foot-10 inch wing span, originally played at Sunrise Christian Academy in Highlands Ranch, Co, was described by ESPN as a “long armed 2-guard prospect with very long arms and an overall terrific frame with room to fill out.” Former NBA star Chauncey Billups tweeted out, “Great kid, huge upside. Couldn’t be happier for a kid that works so hard.”
To gain better perspective on the Panthers’ new shooting guard, Pittsburgh Sports Now reached out to Forest Trails Academy Post Graduate Head Basketball Coach Tony Taylor.
“Khameron Davis is one of the best kids that I’ve ever coached. He’s a great kid. Let’s talk about his character first. Khameron is a high character kid, great kid. He truly is a coach’s dream. As far as talent, the kid’s upside is simply tremendous,” said Taylor. “He plays the one, two, and three. He played the point for me, so he was a six foot five inch point guard in my eyes. He’s super athletic and the kid’s a hulk on defense. He can score ball as well. He’s just a great all-around player. I’ve actually said all year long that if doesn’t play at a major division one school then he’s not playing at the right level.”
Davis was a player that seemed to come out of nowhere. Panther fans rushed to review YouTube footage of his highlights along with past articles that were written about him. Coach Taylor was in a similar position when he first joined his program.
“I know he came out of nowhere. Sometimes I guess players peak at different times. Even when I got the kid I didn’t know much about him. The University of Denver was actually recruiting him out of high school and he received his scores too late. So that’s how I ended up getting him for his post-graduate year,” he said. “When he got to me, I was just amazed he was available. He’s so talented. I kept saying the same thing you’re saying, the kid came out of nowhere.”
The ACC conference is the premier basketball conference in the nation. When Coach Taylor was asked if Davis can handle grind of an ACC schedule going up against some of the top talent in the nation, he replied, “Oh he definitely can. I mean he was pulling serious interest from Virginia Tech and Texas Tech. Virginia Tech had him on campus for an unofficial visit. It’s not like the ACC other large schools weren’t aware of him. He can play at a high level.”
“(Khameron) can put on a real show. He’s a coach on the floor and has a high motor. You don’t have pump him up to play. When he steps on the floor he’s going to play. He should be a shutdown defender for the Panthers. That’s one of the best things about him. You can put him on the others teams’ best player. He can put points up as well.”
Coach Talyor had one final thought, “Pitt is getting a great kid and a kid that can really play. Academically, they are getting a great student. Pitt fans are in for a treat. I can honestly say that.”
Harry Psaros can be found on Twitter at @PittGuru