Forward Jerekius Davis commits to the Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE Louisiana-Lafayette men's basketball coach Bob Marlin

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball team picked up its third commitment for its 2015 signing class Friday: 6-foot-6 forward Jerekius Davis of Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi.

“They got a kid that’s going to battle on the boards,” Provine coach Otis Gaines said. “He can really stretch the floor with his shooting. He uses his body to create space, and he has the ability to play the 2, 3 or 4, depending on the matchup.”

Davis scored nearly 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds per game for Provine last season. Gaines said he’s comfortable playing both the post and on the perimeter offensively.

“He’s an inside-out kind of guy,” Gaines said. “Like a Swiss Army knife.”

Southern Illinois also was pursuing Davis, who visited the Cajuns during their 89-82 loss to Evansville in the CollegeInsider.com tournament quarterfinals last week. Scout.com indicated Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulsa and Louisiana Tech also were interested.

Gaines said the Cajuns’ up-tempo style factored into Davis’ decision. It also didn’t hurt that coach Bob Marlin produced an NBA lottery pick in Elfrid Payton and another potential NBA draft pick in Shawn Long.

“Looking at the success they had with kids that may not have been highly recruited, that helped him make his decision,” Gaines said. “Then, when he went on his visit, he felt comfortable with the staff and the team.”

Davis joined Lafayette High guard Corey Davis and Itawamba Community College guard Tyrone Wooten as verbal pledges.

If Wooten, Corey and Davis all make their way to Lafayette, the Cajuns will have 15 players on their roster for next season, counting midseason enrollee Hassani Gravett.

That number would dip to 14 if Long declares for the NBA draft. The deadline for Long to do so is April 26.