When the Louisiana Sports Academy takes the floor during an AAU event, your eyes immediately shift to the massive figure in the middle of the floor. Glen "Big Baby" Davis stands 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds. His wide frame seems to stretch the width of the paint, enabling the LSU Lab rising senior to overpower thinner, less physical players. Davis has performed this ritual time and time again this spring. Many wise men who follow high school hoops don't see this trend coming to a halt.
While at the Tournament of Champions, Davis manhandled his opponents with his surprising agility inside as well as his pure, physical strength. "He is impossible to defend," said Long Island Panthers coach Gary Charles, whose team lost on opening night last weekend, 76-70, to Big Baby's team. "He was knocking our guys over. We couldn't do much with him, especially in the first half."
In the second half, the Panthers were more successful. Davis, who scored 23 points in the first 16 minutes of play, only registered seven the rest of the way. Big Baby didn't score much but he does several other tasks very successfully on the court. What many don't know about Davis is the young man is also a very skilled passer, especially in the interior of the defense. So when Davis is surrounded by two or three defenders, he has the ability and awareness to find an open teammate for an easy basket.
Davis is rated the second best player in the 2004 class by RivalsHoops.com. In this particular tournament, Davis lived up to those high standards. But he is more than just a basketball player. He is also being recruited hard by several programs for football. "I love basketball more," Davis said. "I like playing football but I would like to play basketball in college."
Davis has many programs recruiting him hard in both sports. "LSU, Miami, Indiana, Oklahoma, USC," Davis told RivalsHoops.com. "I'm open."
RivalsHoops.com's Southeastern editor Tim Watts has reported LSU is the team to beat right now in this huge recruiting battle. And there are many other reasons why the schools mentioned above and those not mentioned would love to sign Davis this November to a letter of intent.
Not only is Davis strong and tough to defend inside, he also has a soft jumper. This combination of strength and skill make him an attractive recruit. "I want to work more on my ballhandling and outside game," Davis said.
Davis indicates he prefers making a Fall decision. "I haven't set up any visits," he said. "I am going to take my time before I choose a school. I may wait a few months."
When Davis does choose a school, they are also landing a player that has a 3.0 GPA and a 19 on his ACT (according to Davis). "Big Baby" is worth the wait.