James Davis Posts Double-Double in JC Opener

James Davis, a 7-foot-0 center who signed with Minnesota in the early signing period before running into legal problems, had 15 points and 11 rebounds as he helped lead preseason #11 Schoolcraft (MI) CC (1-0) open its season with a 109-77 win over the St. Francis JV. Davis plans to receive his AA degree, which would allow him to play Division I basketball.

James Davis had told GoldenSports.Net that he is still loyal to the Gophers. However, Minnesota and other schools are taking a wait and see attitude with the former Minneapolis North center to ensure that he takes care of his academics and stays away from off-the-court incidents.

Davis committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus last 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 in 2003-04. 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 high school junior, but emerged as one of Minnesota's top seniors. 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 told GoldenSports.Net this summer 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 the Ocelots are hoping to return to the NJCAA Tournament next March after missing the tourney after three consecutive appearances. Davis was one of six players to reach double figures in their opener.

Davis figures to be ranked as the top junior college big man in the country. He played this summer for the Sabes/Petters team in the Pulley Summer League and scrimmaged with the current Gophers during the summer.

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