Princeton recently landed a commitment from one of the top point guards in the entire Midwest. Dalen Davis, the 6’0” senior of powerhouse Whitney Young High School and the Meanstreets program, chose Princeton over his other finalist Tulane. He previously had a top five which included Harvard, Kansas State, Murray State, and St. Louis University in addition to Princeton. 

The commitment comes after Davis visited the Princeton, New Jersey campus in June and once again last month in early September. “It was great both times,” he said about his two visits. “The same comfortable feel, same genuine love from the coaching staff, the team was very connected.” 

“The academics,” Davis said first about his pick of the Ivy League school. “What it could do for me long term and I felt comfortable being on campus.”

The appeal of Princeton loomed large for Davis, making it an easy selling point for the Tigers coaching staff. “When you deal with an institution like Princeton, there isn’t much to get sold on,” he said about how the coaching staff won him over. “The coaches believed in me and pushed for me and accommodated for me from the start. Got me on two officials, worked around my commitment date, were flexible through the whole process and it was genuine. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me this opportunity.” 

Davis sees himself fitting in with the Tigers style of play on both sides of the ball. “Their offense is a flowing offense where I’ll be able to make plays out of, not too many sets and I think it is where I excel best. Defensively I’ll be a dog, get in defenders, grab the intensity to start the game.” 

The Princeton coaching staff have continued to recruit the state of Illinois effectively. They currently have a pair of players from Illinois on their roster in Blake Peters of Evanston Township and Caden Pierce of Glenbard West.