Friar Basketball

Providence Lands a Commitment from Small Forward Jyare Davis

Jyare Davis

Jyare Davis is a 6’7 small forward out of Delaware who has committed to Providence. Evan Daniels first reported the news on Fox Sports 1’s “Inside the Big East.” Davis attends the Sanford School, and is the second member of PC’s 2020 class, joining combo guard Alyn Breed of IMG Academy.

Davis visited Providence in November and had been strongly tied to the Friars in recent weeks. He was Delaware’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, and is considered a three star recruit by most national services. Davis was thought to be one of the better recruits in the country early in his high school career, taking part in USA Basketball at one point, but his recruitment tailed off in the past year. He missed all of last summer’s AAU circuit due to injury, but has returned to the floor for Sanford this fall.

As far as what Davis could potentially bring to Providence, he is a prototypical Ed Cooley forward — a strong 6’6/6’7 wing who PC could look to play inside and out.

Last weekend Sanford played in the loaded Slam Dunk to the Beach showcase and both of their games were streamed online. This gave me my first look at him. In a 53-44 win over Lake Clifton (where Will Barton and Cleveland Melvin once played), Davis led Sanford with 18 points on 5-11 shooting from the field, 1-4 from 3-point range, and 7-12 at the free throw line. He added 10 rebounds and an assist.

The next time out, Sanford played a very good Roselle Catholic team and lost, 52-36. Davis struggled in that one, making 3-11 from the field and missing all five of his shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Roselle Catholic is a terrific program out of New Jersey. They feature top 75 Xavier commit CJ Wilcher, as well as top 50 senior center Cliff Omoruvi. Wilcher finished with 14 points on 4-11 shooting, while Omoruvi shot 7-11 and scored 16. Past Roselle players include Isaiah Briscoe (Kentucky), Chris Silva (South Carolina), Malachi Richarson (Syracuse), Tyler Roberson (Syracuse), and Naz Reid (LSU).

Davis looks to fit the Isaiah Jackson mold (both physically and athletically). Davis has a stronger handle than Jackson, but does not look to be as consistent a shooter. He does not look big enough to play a small ball 4, but was most effective when bullying smaller defenders inside. When Davis was at his best he was sealing defenders and finishing through contact. He looked to have a strong handle for his size, getting to the line after a pretty hesitation move at one point.


Davis’s jump shot looks to be a work in progress. He did not shoot well in the two games I watched, and his misses were off — they did not rim out. My assumption is that the staff likes his strength and handle and will hope that physical improvement in the weight room and with his jump shot will make Davis a well-rounded contributor during his time at Providence.

For Friar fans hoping to see Davis play, Sanford will take on Albany Academy at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA on Jan. 18 at 9am.

Sanford is 4-3 on the season after playing a difficult schedule to date. They took part in the City of Palms tournament in Florida where they played powerhouse Montverde Academy (an 81-45 loss in which Davis finished with 5 points), Riverview from Florida (Davis put up 29 in an overtime win), and Fort Myers High School (Davis scored 13 in a win).

New York/New Jersey based fans can see Davis at the Battle by the Bay in Atlantic City on Feb. 1


  1. Irish Spectre

    January 6, 2020 at 2:27 am

    I’m always interested in the competition for a given recruit; do you know who else was seriously looking at Mr. Davis?

  2. Anonymous

    January 6, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Cooley needs to find guys who can put the ball in the basket. Davis doesn’t sound like he fits that mold

  3. Marty

    January 6, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Wonder way his stock dropped

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