Daejon Davis’ on-again, off-again relationship with the Washington men’s basketball team is back on.
The former Garfield High star, who twice committed to the Huskies before a four-year stint at Stanford, is transferring to UW.
In a tweet on Tuesday morning, Davis announced his plans to play at Washington next season and wrote: “Life takes you unexpected places. It’s the LOVE that brings you home.”
Davis, a 6-foot-3 point guard, averaged 10.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 45% from the field, 35.9% on three-pointers and 81.1% on free throws in 13 games last season.
Five years ago, Davis signed with Washington during a ceremony at Garfield High, which included his Bulldogs teammate Jaylen Nowell, who also joined the Huskies.
The former four-star prospects were two of the marquee recruits in a 2016 UW recruiting class that also included Michael Porter Jr. and was ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN.
However, the class fell apart when former coach Lorenzo Romar was fired in March 2017, and one month later Davis received his release from Washington and signed with Stanford.
During the past four years with the Cardinal, Davis, who is expected to earn a Communications degree from Stanford, has been a steady contributor while starting 97 of 103 games and averaging 10.3 points, 4.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
Davis, who is No. 39 on Stanford’s career scoring list with 1,064 points, has been a reliable offensive option who shot 43.8% from the floor, 35.2% on three-pointers and 70.6% at the line. He’s also a solid defender with 134 steals that ranks seventh all time among the Cardinal.
However, Davis had issues as a playmaker and has averaged 3.1 turnovers during his Stanford career.
Following a terrific start last season when he averaged 13.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists while starting the first five games, Davis missed 13 of the next games 15 games due to an unspecified injury and punitive disciplinary actions.
Twice during the season, Stanford coach Jerod Haase said Davis was “not meeting program standards” when asked about his absence.
Davis came off the bench in five of his next eight games for Stanford, which finished with a 14-13 record and tied for sixth in the Pac-12 at 10-10. He was scoreless in his final two Cardinal appearances on a combined 0-for-4 shooting.
In six games against Washington, Davis averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists while posting a 5-1 record.
After losing six players via transfers, the Huskies are stockpiling newcomers with ties to Seattle, including Arizona transfer Terrell Brown Jr. and West Virginia’s Emmitt Matthews Jr., who starred at Garfield High and Tacoma’s Wilson High, respectively.
Following a mass exodus that preceded last season’s dismal 5-21 performance and 11th-place Pac-12 finish at 4-16, coach Mike Hopkins has revamped the roster and coaching staff.
Washington is also bringing in Olympia High star Jackson Grant, junior college forward Langston Wilson and forward Sam Ariyibi, a product of the NBA Africa Academy.
The Huskies appear to have two scholarships remaining and have been reportedly linked to TCU transfer PJ Fuller, a Seattle native who won state championships at Garfield and Nathan Hale.
Hopkins also added former UW star Quincy Pondexter and former California coach Wyking Jones as assistants.