James Davis Says He is Still Loyal to Minnesota

James Davis, a 7-foot-0 center who signed with Minnesota in the early signing period before running into legal problems, told GoldenSports.Net that he is still loyal to the Gophers. Davis attended class at junior college power Schoolcraft (MI) CC in the spring and will return in August to receive AA degree, which would allow him to play Division I basketball.

James Davis committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus in September. He left Garden City (KS) CC after an altercation with Broncbuster teammate B.J. Walker.

Davis had averaged 11.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game as a freshman for the Broncbusters. He left Garden City and attended Los Angeles Southwest (CA) CC for a week before returning to Garden City.

Davis did not play as a junior, but emerged as one of Minnesota's top seniors. He'll have to spend two years at the junior college level before he is ready to play for a Division I school. James Davis helped lead the Polars to the Minnesota Class AAAA state championship as he averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Davis, who was expected to help fill the void left by graduating senior Jeff Hagen, was arrested March 10 for carrying a gun without a permit. Head coach Dan Monson said he met with Davis and concluded that "he needs next year to meet his academic requirements and sort through his personal affairs."

Davis had weapons charges against him dismissed in Hennepin County District Court. Judge John Q. McShane ruled that police had no probable cause for the vehicle stop and search that resulted in Davis being charged with a gross misdemeanor.

Davis said that Minnesota showed how much they want him with the support they have shown him.

"I'm still loyal to Minnesota. I went through a lot of turmoil last year and they were there for me. The coaches came to court for me and showed love for me."

Schoolcraft is one of the top junior college programs in the country and Ocelots are hoping to return to the NJCAA Tournament next March after missing the tourney after three consecutive appearances. They recently added Daryl Garrett, who averaged 11.9 points per game as a freshman at Eastern Michigan.

Davis said that he will return to Schoolcraft August 1st after taking classes in the spring.

"I was taking class. Loving the classes. Passing the classes and doing the work. I loved the teachers there."

Davis figures to be ranked as the top junior college big man in the country. He is currently playing for Sabes/Petters team in the Pulley Summer League. Davis scrimmaged with the current Gophers Sunday at Williams Arena.

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