He had decommitted from Washington in April, saying he wanted to see other schools. But after taking official visits to his four finalists, as well as Arizona, the Seattle native decided that staying home was still the best choice.
"There was a piece of me that was unsure," Davis said. "I didn't know if I wanted to stay home or what I really wanted to do as far as college goes. But I wanted to do something special for my city. Just over time, I got to see other schools and I saw what was happening with Washington. I would have really messed up if I wasn't a part of this."
Romar and Washington had plenty of things in their favor when it came to Davis, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Garfield High School. Davis is close with former Washington star Brandon Roy and has played with ESPN 100 guard Jaylen Nowell (No. 56), who committed to Washington in June, since elementary school.
"It was the trust that I'm willing to put in with Coach Romar and his staff," Davis said. "I've known that group of guys the longest. The connection I have with everyone there around the school, from the academic adviser to the basketball staff to random people, the managers, the rebounders. Meeting those guys, knowing those guys, knowing that the support is going to be there."
Although Washington hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2011, Romar continues to reel in high-level talent. The Huskies had two first-round picks in June's NBA draft and have one of the favorites for the 2017 No. 1 pick in Markelle Fultz. Washington also has the No. 4 recruiting class in the country for 2017, with Davis joining Nowell, four-star point guard Blake Harris, three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra and the crown jewel, No. 2 overall prospect Michael Porter Jr.
With only one senior on the 2016-17 roster, Washington could have one of the more talented teams out west once Davis gets to campus.
"It just causes a more competitive environment every day," Davis said. "It's the main thing that helps prepare us for the next level. Competition every day. David Crisp, Jaylen, the whole group of guys. More competitors have more desire to win, and that's what it's all about."
Davis averaged 12.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for Seattle Rotary on the Nike EYBL circuit in the spring and summer, shooting 39 percent from 3-point range.