Men's Hoops Gets First Commitment for 2010

The San Jose State men's basketball team has its first verbal commitment of the 2009-2010 recruiting season. This 6-foot-6 shooting forward can sign in the November early-signing period.

Choosing which college to attend and play basketball at on a scholarship is an envious situation, what with paid-for tuition, books, housing and the like. But it's also a path that can lose it's blessedness if the 'right' decision isn't made. So being 'shipped' -- despite the obvious financial and, yes, educational benefits -- is still a two-way street. 6-foot-6 Kurt Davis of Centennial (Compton) has made his after-high school decision and both he and his family feel extremely good about their preference.

Like a marriage -- or maybe something less often combustible -- a pair of shoes or pants, humans have a natural tendency to go with what feels the most comfortable. Harmony is what most of us seek. Yes, we have to like the looks but it is the feel that is most often the dealbreaker.

That's what sold Davis on San Jose State of the Western Athletic Conference.

"I chose San Jose State because it felt like a good fit, the playing style, the school and the relationship I developed with the coaching Staff," Davis explained.

Curtis Davis, Kurt's Davis' father, offered a similar take. "We took a trip up there about six weeks ago and everything felt right, the campus, the school itself. My wife loved it. Coach [George] Nessman has four kids of his own and he is the type of coach and person you can approach and talk about anything. You just had the feeling that it fit."

So who and what will San Jose State be enjoying come 2010-2011?

"My best skills are passing and running the floor," Davis said.

Marlon Morton, coach of Davis' BCA (Blue Chip Athlete) club team, elaborated: "Kurt is one of the elite wings in California and he wants to get better at everything. He's a really good young man, very intense and very coachable. As a coach, you know what you are getting with Kurt. He's a steal for them [San Jose State]."

Echoing the sentiment, Centennial Coach Vadim Malikin said this of his protege "Kurt's a talented wing who passes well and is a good scorer in transition. He plays a number of positions for us."

Joe Cascio, a Santa Monica City College assistant coach and also an assistant with the LA Rockfish club team, said this about Davis in an earlier interview. Cascio was commenting on a dozen or so southern California prepsters and when asked who in the group has the best potential for positively surprising fans during college, he said,"Probably Kurt Davis. To me, he looks like he might already be 6-6 or 6-7 and is very athletic. Once his basketball IQ catches up with his body (and it will) he will be pretty darn good."

Davis is also known for his non-stop motor on the court. Asked why he has an Energizer bunny style of play, he replied, "My Dad always told me to go hard and give it 100-percent."

According to Davis, the San Jose State coaching staff sees him playing multiple spots when he eventually arrives on campus: "I'll play as a three and a two."

But first there is the 2009-2010 school year.

"We're going to win league this [coming] season, for sure, and we want to play in the CIF and then state," Davis stated. Malikin's squad went 17-10 overall last season, 9-1 in Pioneer League play.

But there is a new development in Davis' sports participation spectrum -- football -- as on the Centennial gridiron. This will be a first time partaking for Davis.

"We were out on the field playing, just sort of joking around and the [Centennial] football coach saw us and asked if I would like to play," Davis said. He's going to be split either left or right as a 6-foot-6 wide receiver, probably soon to be known as his quarterback's best friend.

His eventual WAC opponents better be prepared for the alley-oop pass.

Kevin McCarthy is the Basketball Editor for Inside Sparta. You may contact Kevin with any questions, comments, or tips at

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