MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Teays Valley Christian junior guard Josiah Davis has verbally committed to West Virginia University. The native of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada made the announcement Monday evening on Citynet Statewide Sportsline.
Davis is a 6-foot-3 guard and averaged thirteen points per game for Teays Valley Christian in his sophomore season. WVU was his first ‘Power 5’ scholarship offer. Davis and teammate Jerome Beya received offers from WVU last August.
.@TVCSHoops guard @_josiahdavis joins @BradHowe07 and @HunterWvu88bgn to announce his college commitment LIVE on the Citynet Statewide Sportsline. WATCH: https://t.co/wkudfIRZCB pic.twitter.com/hPhsplR11t
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Davis profiles as a point guard at the next level but he believes his strengths lie on the defensive side of the ball.
“Anyone can put the basketball in the hoop, but the biggest thing you have to do is sit down and play defense. I really feel like that is where my game is as a defensive guy,” Davis said.
“Whether it is on the offensive side, whether I am on the bench or whether I am playing defense, I love to lead guys by example. You have to lead by example by showing a positive impact.”
Davis is in his second season at TVCS and has found a second home in the Mountain State.
“When I got here, I moved in with probably the best people I could have ever asked for to move in with being away from home. I live with Jack Withrow and his family. And they have made me feel nothing but special and nothing but home. They always have my back. With my parents being so far away, I know I have another set of parents that really care for me just as much.”
Davis will become the third native of Canada to play for the Mountaineers in recent years, following Jermaine Haley and Gabe Osabuohien.
“Our country is looked at as more of a hockey-based place. But he have some hoopers there and they go hard for whatever it is that they want.”
TVCS went 19-9 last season, competing against other prep programs on a national level. Davis previously competed for the Canadian Under-16 National team.
— Josiah Davis (@_josiahdavis) September 12, 2020
“He is a bulldog. Josiah was a recruit that we got to see during the summer last year and he was a combo guard. He plays naturally off the ball. But he knows for him to get to the next level, he has to be a point guard,” said TVCS head coach Travis Tarr in August.
“He has a huge ceiling and is somebody West Virginia fans would love.”