Monday, April 9, 2007

What Might Have Been

I remember several years ago, when Minneapolis North had a 7-foot center named James Davis, who was ranked as one of the best high school centers in the country. He was recruited by Minnesota, as well as some of the top schools in the country. Somehow, someway, horrible recruiter Dan Monson managed to get him to sign with the Gophers. Wow. I was pumped.

Unfortunately, Davis was not as booksmart as we would have hoped, and the Gophers decided not to let him in to school at this point. No other schools were interested anymore due to the academics, so Davis signed with Garden City Community College in Kansas.

He played well at Garden City, despite almost quitting the team at one point, however things took a bad turn when he got in a fight with some teammates and then did go ahead and quit the team. At this point, he was still planning on attending the U of Minnesota to play basketball, the team still wanted him, and was still 7 feet tall the #1 ranked JUCO center in the country.

After quitting the team, the Gophers didn't want him. Nobody else did. He ended up attending Lamar, a small college in the Southland conference, but still D-I at least. He was named to the All-Southland Conference Third team this year, after averaging 15.6 points (2nd in conference), 7.8 rebounds (4th in conference), and 1.44 blocks (7th), and no off-the field or academic incidents.

Sure, it's a small conference and all, but he's 7-1, 335. I'm betting he's better than Spencer Tollackson.

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