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BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Saginaw Arthur Hill's Eric Davis chooses Texas

Basketball   | Scott Burnstein

BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Saginaw Arthur Hill's Eric Davis chooses Texas

The state’s No. 2 high school boys basketball player is off the board.

Saginaw Arthur Hill 6-foot-3 combo-guard Eric Davis, a four-star recruit and the state of Michigan’s second-best prospect, according to ESPN, committed to the University of Texas at a press conference held at Arthur Hill Tuesday evening.

He chose the Longhorns and head coach Rick Barnes over the University of Michigan, Michigan State, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, N.C. State and Louisiana State.

"Texas is where I was most comfortable," he said. "Everybody there embraced me from Day One."

The fact that Barnes is on the bench in Austin is a big reason Davis' comfort level is so high.

"I feel like I've already built a bond with Coach Barnes, he's been great to me and I have a lot of faith in him," he said.

A do-it-all presence on the hardwood, Davis averaged a robust stat-line of 27 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals per game last season as a junior. This past summer, he was selected to participate in the elite Nike Global Challenge, suiting up for Team USA.

Davis is expected to be the primary challenger to Muskegon center and Michigan State-commit Deyonta Davis in the race for the 2015 Mr. Basketball Award.

This is the second in-state recruit that Texas has snared in the last 18 months. Detroit Pershing alumn Martez Walker will be a sophomore with the Longhorns for the upcoming season.

Texas finished 24-11 last year in Barnes' 14th campaign at the helm, losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament..

In other statewide hoop recruiting news, Lansing Everett’s 6-foot-9 senior power forward Trevor Manuel, the No. 3 player in the state according to ESPN, committed to the University of Oregon last week. He chose the Ducks over other offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Florida State, N.C. State, Providence and Xavier. Manuel played at Lansing Sexton as a freshman and sophomore before spending a year at Oak Hill Academy on the prep-school circuit last winter.