Louisville basketball: What new 2022 commit Davis can bring

Chris Mack of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Chris Mack of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The Louisville basketball program picked up their first commitment for the 2022 class Saturday night.

It has been one whirlwind of a week for the Louisville basketball program and the university as a whole. In spite of this, Chris Mack and the Cardinals got some fantastic news to top their week with a positive development.

Class of 2022 small forward Tae Davis gave his commitment to the Louisville basketball program Saturday evening in one of the most fun ways possible.

The 6’6″ 170-pound wing announced his decision on Instagram Live and did not disappoint with his decision day outfit.

Davis, who is the brother of current Louisville star Dre, showed off a custom-made tee shirt that read “Davis” in big letter font along with a graphic of both brothers in front of a giant cardinal head logo. Then, Davis threw on a sleek looking black and red varsity jacket that featured the Cardinal head on the chest and left sleeve.

It was a great way for the forward to introduce himself in to the program and head coach Chris Mack clearly liked what he saw.

The GIF that Mack elected to use is a play from the movie “Step Brothers” that clearly is referring to the Davis brothers who will have the opportunity to play together when Dre enters his junior year and Tae comes in as a freshman. With how well Dre has been playing, who knows if he will even be around that long at this point.

Davis is ranked as the No. 131 overall player and No. 30 small forward in the Class of 2022, according to 247 Sports. He plays his high school ball at Warren Central in Indianapolis after transferring from Lawrence Central.

What does Tae bring to the Cardinals?

Honestly, Tae is very similar to his brother and if you have liked what you have seen from Dre, you will likely get the same out of his young sibling.

What does that consist of?

Tae Davis is likely going to be a grinder on the defensive end that does not mind getting his hands dirty. He’s fundamentally sound on that side of the ball and while he may not be an elite athlete, he has a clear understanding of the fundamentals just like his brother.

Davis is a bit taller and longer than his older brother and that’s actually a good thing. Davis can be a true wing while Dre is a bit of a tweener between a guard and a small forward. Davis’ length will be important on both ends of the floor in making his life easier as a defender, rebounder, and offensive threat.

Just entering his junior season, Davis is still growing into the player he could possibly be at the next level. Right now, Davis is a good spot-up shooter that looks comfortable with the ball in his hands as he shows off a nice feel for ball handling in the open floor. He does not have point guard handle, but he can dribble and will not hurt the team if he needs to put the ball on the floor.

He is still growing into his body and it will take some time for him to put some muscle on his frame. At this point, he is not a player that is going to bang in the paint and will his way to the rim. That’s something he will need to add to his game as he develops his body and matures as a player.

Overall, just like many young players, Davis is still finding his way as a complete prospect. He already has mastered some nice things that are beneficial to wings like putting the ball on the floor and being a very solid catch-and-shoot player. If Davis grows into his body, he will become more effective on both ends of the floor and that may help to shape who exactly he is as a prospect for the next level.

Tae is currently known to the Louisville fan base as Dre’s little brother but he’s so much more than just that. He’s talented and you can see that. It will be a couple of years before we see our first glimpses of Davis on the Louisville men’s team so we will just have to enjoy one of the Davis brothers in the meantime.

If the opportunity arises for both brothers to play on the same court in college, Louisville fans should expect that they are getting two fantastic young men who are going to play the game of basketball the way it is supposed to be played.

The Davis brothers are looking to make a full-on Louisville takeover by 2022.

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