Though we are right in the middle of the travel ball season, it seems that Davidson Day has been making some noise this offseason as well. Several players this month have been announcing that they will be heading to the program this upcoming high school season, as the Patriots will be looking a bit different.
After coming off a season in which they finished 5-17 overall, Davidson Day will be adding some impressive talent to the roster that will make them a must-see this season. Let’s dive into more of the recent announcements and what has been said about their game.
2026 Will Stevens, 2025 Isaiah Denis, 2024 Hank Neace, 2024 Brady Kester, 2024 Mason Smith, and 2026 Noah Giesler will all be attending Davidson Day, joining others like Jayden Griffin, Anthony Rogers, Ian Hoffman, Ja Spruill, and Carter Ogle. Here is a bit more about each of their games:
2026 Will Stevens:
“He continues to get stronger and more athletic, as evidenced by his physicality around the basket and ability to play above the rim at an increased rate. Stevens moves very well for his size, both in tight spaces and when running the floor in transition. He utilizes his length and timing extremely well to alter/block shots and secure rebounds on both ends of the floor. Overall, Stevens possesses a very straightforward, low-maintenance identity. He’s already versatile enough to take whatever the defense gives him and will only become more difficult to stop with additional strength.”
2025 Isaiah Denis:
“He’s a long, wiry, well-rounded wing prospect with the ability to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. Denis is a great penetrator who utilizes his blend of length and athleticism to finish above or through contact. He’s a quality ball-handler with useful vision and creation instincts, which allows him to generate clean looks for himself and others at a consistent rate. Denis makes great decisions with the ball in his hands but can also effectively make an impact as a cutter.”
2024 Hank Neace:
“Neace is a player that we have mentioned before but could be a new name for others around the area. He is a 6’4 junior prospect that is able to make plays from multiple levels, uses his length well in finishing, was able to make plays moving without the ball, and made nice decisions on the floor. He competed on both ends and stepped up for his team.”
2024 Brady Kester:
“Kester stands at about 6’7 and is a mobile forward. He did a great job in running the floor, moving without the ball, posting up with good footwork, and using his quickness to get around defenders but also being active on the glass. He is a name to start looking at more for sure this season.”
2024 Mason Smith
“Smith provides size and yet another high-level shooting presence. At 6-foot-7, he can finish, post-up, or face-up and find success. He can be featured from the high post, beyond the arc, or as a cutter. Smith rebounds well for his size/position, can handle the ball as needed, and can cause matchup problems with his inside-out game.”