Preseason honors continue for Davis

As the LSU basketball teams get ready for Friday's practice-opening Fan Fest at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, LSU forward Glen Davis received more preseason praise as Andy Katz and listed the 6-9 junior forward on its list of 25 people who will have an impact on the 2006-07 college basketball season.

The impact 25 could be coaches, players and administrators and Davis is one of nine returning players, including two others from the SEC (Joakim Noah of Florida and Ronald Steele of Alabama) who made the list.


Of Davis, here is what posted on its web site Wednesday:


"Why he'll make news: Davis is easily the most jovial big man in the country. His infectious smile makes him a big drawing card for the media. Like Joakim Noah, Davis' decision to stay for his junior season was one of the biggest moves of the offseason. He is the reigning SEC Player of the Year and has a legit shot to win the award again. He also has enough of a supporting cast, even without Tyrus Thomas and Darrel Mitchell, to make a return trip to the Final Four. Davis isn't thought of as highly as Noah by NBA folks, but another banner year will push him higher in the minds of the pro scouts.


What's expected: Davis will still be leaned upon as the Tigers' go-to guy in the post and likely will be the team's leading scorer. There's no reason to believe he'll drop below the 18.6 points per game he averaged as a sophomore. He dropped weight this summer and is as nimble as ever on the court. Davis also will be the unofficial spokesperson for LSU and all things college basketball.


Headline games: The Tigers have a slew of them for Davis, notably matchups against Texas in Houston, Wichita State and Texas A&M (and Joseph Jones) in Baton Rouge and a road swing through the Northwest to Oregon State and Washington. There's also a home game against Connecticut the first week of January.


Jay Bilas' take: By March, Davis will be the most quoted player in the nation. With the spotlight of the Final Four and the SEC Player of the Year award, Davis will make Shaq look like the shy and retiring type. Davis, with his new sleek frame, will have put up his best numbers yet, and his physical strength and mobility will have produced his second straight All-SEC first-team selection."


Davis and the members of the LSU men and women's basketball team will take part Friday in the Basketball Fan Fest at 7 p.m. at the Maravich Center. The free, open to the public event, begins with a 45-minute autograph session as all the players will be on the upper concourse of the building signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The new LSU posters and schedule cards will be available for fans and the first 500 will receive free LSU Basketball t-shirts commemorating the Tigers and Lady Tigers 2006 SEC Championships.

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