Haralsom Lands Davis
“I saw him play last year when he was at LD Bell and I was an assistant here,’’ said Smith, who is taking over a program that has won four state titles in the past five seasons. “And I saw him playing AAU ball this summer. Arkansas State is getting a good player.”
Davis, a 6-foot-6 forward from Kimball, committed to the Red Wolves during his official visit on Saturday.
“Everything was just right,’’ said Davis, who begins practice at his new school on Wednesday. “I loved the school, the coaches it is where I want to play college basketball. I liked everything.”
Davis is the fourth Kimball player to commit to a Division I program. One has committed to Oklahoma State, one to Southern and another to Oral Roberts.
“I was not surprised he committed,’’ said Smith. “I have known Coach Melvin Haralson for a long time, from when he was a North Texas, Texas and Houston. I knew it would be a good fit for him.”
Davis averaged 18 points a game last season for Bell. As a sophomore he was named the District 6-5A Newcomer of the Year.
“Where he played last year it was all about scoring the ball,’’ said Smith.
And they were very good at that. We will have to see how he adjusts on defense but I believe he will do fine. He is the most athletic kid we have on the team. He can really do some impressive things.
“At his size he has to play a lot with his back to the goal but he can play on the wing. He can drive it and he can pull up and shoot the mid-range. A very fluid player. He is almost automatic with that. And he is about an 80 percent free throw shooter. He could easily average 20 points a game for us but I would be surprised if he did because of how he plays.”
Davis said he had offers from North Texas, UTA, Oral Roberts, Hawaii, Louisiana-Lafayette, Lamar and Stephen F. Austin. He visited Jonesboro over the weekend with his mother.
“He is a very good player but he is also a very good person,’’ said Smith. “With him it is all about the team. In fact there are times when he is too unselfish. He plays the game the right way.”
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