Los Angeles Preps: Brad Lewis

Simi Valley's Jonathan Davis draws plenty of attention

February, 12, 2011

SIMI VALLEY -- Those in the know, namely Division I basketball coaches and scouts, do not agree on many things when it comes to recruiting. Seemingly everyone has their own system, their own idea on how to properly identity a potential prospect.

It's far from an exact science.

One topic most evaluators tend to agree on is this: Ventura County has not been considered a hotbed for high school hoops talent in the past.

Every once in a while, there is an exception. And when it comes down to illustrating such a notion, no one has recently done it better than Jonathan Davis from Simi Valley. Plain and simple, the powers that be could no longer ignore the senior.

“Out in Ventura County, I don't know if we get much respect. There are a lot of guys out here that can play though and I'm one of them,'' Davis said.

Indeed he is. It probably explains why the 6-foot-7 wing player was receiving varied levels of interest from programs in the Pac-10 Conference and had scholarships offers from schools such as Hawaii, Southern Methodist, Texas El Paso and Utah.

Ultimately, he decided George Washington was the best fit. Davis sealed the deal with a commitment to the Colonials in early September.

“I have a chip on my shoulder, I want to prove I can play just as well as anyone,'' Davis said. “My goal is to go out there and get after it, make some noise.''

He has done just that this season, make some noise.

Davis is averaging 18.7 points and 10.5 rebounds, to go along with 2.5 blocks, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals for Simi Valley (19-7 overall), which will learn its opponent for next week's Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

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