By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian
Fairmont State might have its point guard of the future.
Second-year head coach Jerrod Calhoun announced his first signing for the 2013-14 season on Thursday, as the program welcomed North Carolina standout Caleb Davis into the Falcon family.
Davis, a 6-0 guard and native of Charlotte, N.C., averaged 15 points, five assists and five rebounds as a senior last season at Vance High. He was a first team All-Charlotte Mecklenburg selection and ranked among the top 20 players in the state of North Carolina by MaxPreps.
“I am ecstatic to welcome Caleb to the Fairmont State family,” Calhoun said in a statement released by the school. “He’s a phenomenal player and an even better student-athlete.”
Davis will look to help fill the void left by senior Malik Stith, who averaged 14.7 points and 3.6 assists per game in his only season at FSU.
“I felt like it was a good fit basketball-wise and in the classroom,” Davis said in a phone interview Thursday.
The speedy point guard made his campus visit to the Friendly City last Saturday. He got to play a bit on the court with FSU players and his time spent with the coaching staff only solidified his decision.
“I liked the coaching staff and the school,” he said of the trip, which was his first time experiencing West Virginia after driving through the state in the past.
Davis chose FSU over offers from Presbyterian and Newberry College.
As for his game, the soft-spoken guard said he patterns it after Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, a player who has point guard skills but also averages 23 points per game this season.
“I can shoot the ball when I’m open, but my strength is to get it to the hole along with my passing,” he said.
Added Calhoun on the signing: “We needed a floor general who can make an impact on both ends of the floor, and I think we have that with Caleb on board. He’s a tough player who is fearless. He wants to guard the team’s best player. And the thing that I love is that he makes other players better because he is a terrific passer.”
The current plan is for Davis to likely attend summer school at FSU, get stronger in the weight room and then be ready to play in the fall. He has been told that he will not redshirt as a true freshman and is a candidate to see playing time right away.
But all that will wait. Right now, he’s just thrilled to be a Falcon — and so is Calhoun and company.
“Mantoris Robinson, our graduate assistant who is from that area, spotted him early on and took the lead in Caleb’s recruitment, and deserves a lot of credit in making Caleb a Falcon,” he said.
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