On the eve of a groundbreaking ceremony to unveil the new basketball arena on campus, Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy picked up a significant verbal commitment.
Terrence Davis, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, picked the Rebels Tuesday evening over offers from Cincinnati and Louisiana Tech, which is coached by former Ole Miss standout Mike White.
Davis is a two-sport athlete and his head coach at Southaven, Todd Arnold, raved about his overall skills.
“At the high school level, he can play every position and at the college level, I would say he would be a two or a three,” Arnold said. “He has really improved his ball handling and his shooting is something that is getting better. He is finally coming around on defense. With his size and athletic ability, he can guard guys that are bigger than him. He can also guard smaller guys. He has a lot of options at the next level.”
Arnold is a defensive-minded coach, so he felt like Davis was better on offense heading into his final season with the Chargers.
“For me, I always want my guys to play better defense. He is definitely a better offensively player right now, but he has all the skill to be a great defensive player,” Arnold said. “He just doesn’t always make up his mind to do that. I would say right now, he’s a little better offensively skilled, but with his athletic ability, he can really be a great defender.”
Davis, who has played with Team Thad out of Memphis on the AAU circuit the past three years, wanted to make the decision public, according to Malone, before the football season started so there were no distractions as he helped the Chargers win games this fall. Arnold felt like Davis would excel at Ole Miss when he gets the ability to just concentrate on one sport.
“He has been a two-sport athlete his whole life, always played two. I think now that he can focus on one sport, and all he plays is basketball, I think he is a steal for Ole Miss just because he is going to develop so fast,” Malone said. “He’s got a lot of raw ability and they’re going to get that out of him and they’re going to be really pleased.”
Malone also gave a great review about Davis’ character outside of the basketball arena.
He’s a great kid, who handles his business in the classroom. He stays out of trouble, he listens and he’s very coachable,” Malone said. “There are times you get guys of his caliber and they think they know it all, but Terrence isn’t like that. He is always willing to learn and do better. I think that’s one of his best traits.”
Rivals.com has Davis rated as one of the Top 150 players in the nation for the 2015 class at 128. Scout.com had Davis rated as a three-star prospect. He is the second verbal pledge for the Rebels in the class, joining another 6-4 guard, Gian Clavell of Abernathy, Texas.