One of the fun things about my job happens when I get to watch a player come along in a visible sport like basketball as a sophomore and develop into a college prospect.
Reynoldsburg senior Wendell Davis is a player who fits that description, considering he started to become a key player as a sophomore and earlier this month made a verbal commitment to play for Ashland University.
Davis showed flashes of being a solid player for the Raiders two seasons ago and then became one of central Ohio's top players last season, as he improved his all-around game and averaged 14.1 points and eight rebounds.
Reynoldsburg wouldn't have pulled one of the bigger upsets of the last 20 years, when it beat Northland 53-51 in a Division I district championship game last season, without Davis. He scored 17 points, including the winning basket in the game. He also had 28 points in the Raiders' regional semifinal loss to Canton McKinley 57-49.
About the only thing I can think of that held Davis back from being a Division I recruit is that he's 6-foot-4 with a game slightly more suited for being a post player.
He also was offered by Walsh, Notre Dame College of South Euclid and Findlay.
"Out of all those schools, Ashland had the best academic program," Davis said in a text message. "Also, their basketball program is on the rise."
Last season, Ashland went 15-12.
May 20, 2013 | Currently: 86° Partly Cloudy