JC center James Davis to visit Minnesota

James Davis, a seven-foot center who played at Garden City (KS) CC as a freshman and recently transferred to Los Angeles (CA) Southwest CC, will visit Minnesota Sept. 10, according to Southwest head coach Mack Cleveland. Davis is one of the most highly recruited JC big men and averaged 11.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game this past season. Davis did not play as a high school junior at Minneapolis North, but emerged as one of the state's top seniors.

James Davis decided to leave Garden City after former Minneapolis North teammate and close friend Kevin Henderson was dismissed from the team. He was not able to get a release to go to another NJCAA school. However, California community colleges are not part of the NJCAA and thus he did not need a release.

Los Angeles (CA) Southwest CC finished 22-8 last season and is coached by Mack Cleveland, who had coached Davis at camp in Iowa as a high schooler. Cleveland had remained close to Davis and his mother, and when Davis was looking for a new junior college he called Cleveland.

Davis, who started school on Monday, is hearing from schools such as Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Purdue, Connecticut and Minnesota.

Davis helped lead the Polars to the Minnesota Class AAAA state championship as he averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds as a high school senior. He was named to the 11-man College Basketball News' Minnesota All-State team.

Garden City finished 23-9 this season, an improvement from a 15-16 mark the previous year under first-year head coach Ryan Swanson. They were defeated by Independence in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference playoffs.

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