Posted On: 09/1/15 4:15 AM

Editor’s note: Once per week, from now until the start of the high school season, Prep Hoops Colorado will profile a preseason candidate for our Mr. Colorado Basketball award to be given at the end of the state tournaments in February. Important to note: Just because a player doesn’t appear in a profile, it certainly doesn’t mean he can’t be chose as Mr. Colorado Basketball. Players profiled in the preseason have simply compiled the kind of prep career resumes that makes them intriguing candidates for the award. Today: De’Ron Davis

There are award candidates. Then there are award favorites.

De’Ron Davis would fall in the latter category, evidenced by what has already been an accomplished prep career in Colorado — with equal success as a grassroots star with the Colorado Hawks.

The 6-foot-10 Davis, fresh off leading Overland to its first basketball state championship, averaged 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.1 blocks per game last season. Those numbers would be impressive in their own right, but they came while Davis faced double and triple teams on a nightly basis.

As perhaps the most highly recruited player out of Colorado since Chauncey Billups in the mid 90s, Davis, who says he has narrowed his college list to Texas, Indiana and Arizona (in no particular order), dealt with a major target on his back every time he took the floor last season.

It will be no different during Davis’ senior season at Overland, which will now deal with the added expectations that come with being a defending champion. Davis knows that he will continue to take everybody’s best shot, so he has continued to improve his game as a result. Davis was in some of the best shape of his career this summer, giving him greater diversity and athleticism in the open court. He has continued to hone a jump shot that has extended to the perimeter, and he has added to an already strong array of post moves.

Much will be expected of Davis as he attempts to lead the Trailblazers to their second straight state title. Here’s guessing Colorado’s top 2016 prospect is ready to carry the load.

Click to read about previous candidates:

Luke Neff

Justinian Jessup

Michael Ranson

Colbey Ross