FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Guard Kendrick Davis of Sugar Land, Texas, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Arkansas next year, it was announced by new head coach Stan Heath on Tuesday.
The all-state selection is expected to fill an immediate need in the backcourt for the Razorbacks.
“Kendrick is exactly what we are looking for,” UA head coach Stan Heath says of his first signee at Arkansas. “He is a combo guard with strong play-making ability and good court savvy. His talent and personality will no doubt fit in well with our team and the Razorback community. He is a quality young man with a solid academic background. We feel fortunate to land a player of his caliber this late in the process.”
Davis, 6-3, 185, played point guard as a senior and shooting guard as a junior. He was a first-team all-state selection by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and District 20-5A most valuable player after leading Clements High School to the championship.
Davis, who visited Arkansas over the weekend, averaged 30 points a game as a senior and made a school-record 128 three-pointers in 285 attempts (45 percent) while also shooting 76 percent at the free throw line. As a junior, he averaged 18.5 points and made 100 three-pointers on a team that went 25-8.
“Kendrick is 6-3, which is good size for a guard,” Heath says. “He is a good three-point shooter and he has the ability to get in the lane and create. He changes speeds well, which keeps defenders off-balance. His size and quickness allow him to be a good defender.”
Arkansas lost four senior guards off last year’s team while the team’s top returning ball-handler, senior Charles Tatum, tore three ligaments in his right knee in a pickup game and is likely out the entire season. Those losses leave the Hogs with walk-on guard Jamar Blackmon and senior Blake Eddins in the backcourt.
The left-handed Davis had games of 46, 45 and 41 points last year.
On the ESPN.com web site, David Benezra and Mark Mayemure of Recruitingusa.com wrote “deep in the heart of Texas we go to find a strong rising senior who can really score. He is the best guard in the Houston area this year. Davis is a combo guard…and draws a lot of fouls each game attacking the rim.”
Davis is the second guard to sign with Arkansas, joining Smackover’s Jonathan Modica, a 6-4 shooting guard, who signed during the fall signing period.
Other early signees include 6-9, 220-pound forward Rashard Sullivan of St. Thomas Aquinas High in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 6-7, 212-pound forward Brandon Tobias of Dillard High in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and 6-5, 220-pound wing Wenbos Mukubu of Miami Beach High in Miami, Fla.