Husky guard Daejon Davis is back, and Trojans standout Isaiah Mobley appears as if he’ll return too.

The Washington men’s basketball team is expected to be at full strength for Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. game at No. 17 USC, while the home team is expected to have its leading scorer and rebounder in the lineup.

Davis missed the past two games due to a right-shoulder injury that occurred during UW’s 87-69 loss at Stanford on Feb. 6. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard ran into a hard screen set by Stanford’s Lukas Kisunas, a 6-10, 265-pound forward, in the open court and didn’t return with 12:37 remaining.

Washington went 1-1 last week without Davis. His replacement, junior guard PJ Fuller, scored 16 points in an 87-64 win over Arizona State, but only had three points during last Saturday’s 92-68 blowout loss to then-No. 4 Arizona.

On Monday, coach Mike Hopkins characterized Davis’ injury as “day to day,” but during a Tuesday interview with KJR-AM Davis said he’s ready to return.

“I am planning on being on the court,” Davis said when asked if he’s playing Thursday. “Through a lot of treatment before we leave and right after the flight (to Los Angeles), keeping the inflammation down, the pain out and getting my mobility and strength back — I should be able to help this team on Thursday.”


Davis is averaging career lows in scoring (7.8 points), rebounds (2.9) and assists (2.8) while starting 21 games.

However, the fifth-year senior who spent the past four years at Stanford is second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.0 per game) and Hopkins believes he’s a Pac-12 defensive player of the year candidate.

“Look, the guy has got great instincts,” Hopkins said. “He’s doing things we haven’t seen around here in a few years since Matisse (Thybulle). He’s flying around, getting his hands on a lot of balls and just being disruptive on top (of UW’s 2-3 zone). When you have that type of activity at the top, it gets us going.”

Davis, who also has 11 blocks, has tallied at least two steals in 12 games, including a season-high six against California and Seattle University.

“He brings scoring, playmaking and defense, for sure,” UW guard Terrell Brown Jr. told KJR-AM when asked about Davis. “He just has great instincts being on top of the 2-3 zone. Knowing how to get to the middle of the paint and how they’re trying to get the ball to the high post. His IQ of the game is unreal.”

With seven regular-season games remaining, Washington (13-10, 8-5 in Pac-12) is in desperate need of a signature win after being blown out in three games against teams in the top half of the Pac-12.


Meanwhile, USC (21-4, 10-4) is coming off an impressive 67-64 victory against then-No. 12 UCLA last Saturday without Mobley, who has missed the past two games because of concussion-like symptoms.

Mobley, who averages a team-leading 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds, broke his nose Feb. 5 against Arizona. The 6-10 junior forward was fitted for a protective face mask and was expected to return last week.

However, Mobley missed his second straight game and the Trojans captured their biggest win of the season against their crosstown rival.

On Tuesday, USC coach Andy Enfield told reporters in L.A. that he expects Mobley to play Thursday.

“They’re a team that believes they’re going to win regardless if he plays or not,” Hopkins said. “Obviously, Isaiah Mobley is one of the best players if not the best player in our league … so him not being there is a different challenge. But a lot of guys stepped up. They shot more threes. Chavez Goodwin is still a really good interior basketball layer. Drew Peterson has really stepped up.

“They’re a team of beliefs. We’re a team of beliefs. It goes back to that team that executes their system the best is probably going to come out victorious, and hopefully we can be that team.”