In the midst of a long offseason filled with a new coaching staff and player departures, the Bearcats finally found themselves with a little clarity towards next season. Saturday afternoon, Jeremiah Davenport announced he had signed to play for Cincinnati next season. Originally, Davenport had been committed to Wright State, but decided to take a year to play at Hargrave Military Academy in order to raise his recruiting profile.
While he may not be listed as a blue chip prospect, Davenport is a 6’7” wing player that can play guard or forward, defend three positions, and has unlimited potential. Davenport’s athleticism is the first thing that jumps out about his game, but his ability to knock down shots from deep and handle the ball can’t be understated.
Davenport’s commitment also marks the first in the John Brannen era. An interesting detail about Davenport is that he played at hometown powerhouse Moeller High School. Local recruits were often overlooked by Mick Cronin, so even an under the radar pickup like Davenport shows that Brannen wants to stick to his word on recruiting local prospects.
I actually got an opportunity to watch Jeremiah Davenport play two years ago when Moeller played arch-rival St. Xavier. In a game surrounded with hype around Texas commit and possible 2019 NBA Draft lottery pick Jaxson Hayes, Davenport shined. Had I not known he was committed to play at Wright State, I would have believed Davenport was being recruited by national powerhouses.
Saturday morning, the program announced Brannen’s coaching staff. Just hours later, Davenport’s commitment followed. With Coach Brannen’s plate being rather full this offseason, the coaching staff announcement and Davenport’s commitment helps to give the program and fans at least some clarity towards the coming season. While we may still be months away before we know what the starting lineup will be looking like, this definitely helps. Hopefully, we’ll see some more additions to the roster in the coming weeks.