Davis Discusses Official A&M Visit

With the surprise loss of Junior Elonu to the pro ranks, Texas A&M will be low on post players in 2009-2010. Coach Mark Turgeon found his solution a month ago when Desoto four-star post Keith Davis announced a surprise commitment without ever visiting the Texas A&M campus. Davis made that first visit last weekend when he took his official visit to College Station,and he's happy with his decision.

With the surprise loss of Junior Elonu to the pro ranks, Texas A&M will be low on post players in 2009-2010, and with senior leader Bryan Davis graduating at the end of the upcoming season, the Aggies will be in need of some quality big men in the paint that can run the floor and rebound under the basket in the future. Coach Mark Turgeon found his solution a month ago when Desoto (TX) four-star post Keith Davis announced a surprise commitment without ever visiting the Texas A&M campus. Davis made that first visit last weekend when he took his official visit to College Station, and he's happy with his decision.

"It was a great visit. I fit in well with the players and we had a good time," Davis said. "B.J. Holmes is crazy. He's the funniest guy I've been around. He likes to have a good time. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give my visit a 10."

While it is important to fit in well with the team and enjoy off the court social activities, Davis also felt strongly about the basketball program and the opportunities for him in the future at Texas A&M.

"The highlight of the visit was the scrimmage on Saturday. I like how A&M plays," Davis said. "They run a lot and they give their posts the freedom to run the court, block shots, and rebound. I'm at my best when I'm running and moving."

With offers from Florida, Cincinnati, TCU, Arkansas, Maryland, Texas, and Texas A&M, the highly-regarded big man had his choice of major D-1 programs from around the country. But in the end, the battle for Davis' commitment came down to the two rivals in the state of Texas – the Longhorns and the Aggies.

"It came down to which staff I was most comfortable with, the depth chart and my ability to earn playing time as a freshman, and being close to home and my mother," Davis said. "It just seemed that A&M was the better fit for me."

Last year as a junior, Davis was receiving sporadic interest from major D-1 programs. While his size and athleticism was intriguing to coaches, his lack of intensity and a cohesive skill set kept the major players from pulling the trigger on scholarship offers. That all changed after break out summer performances at several of the regional and national AAU events.

"Texas offered me after the Denton Great American Shootout and that's when A&M got involved also," Davis said. "Out at the Vegas event, Florida and Maryland offered. In Cincinnati, Arkansas, Missouri, and Cincinnati offered also."

So what happened that spurred his improved play. How did the proverbial light bulb go off?

"It kinda just snapped in my head that I needed to work harder and take my game to the next level," Davis said. "I focused on my defense, rebounding the ball, block shots, and communicating with my teammates. Coach Dyer at DeSoto helped me focus on making a difference on the defensive end. I take pride in doing the dirty work in the paint."

It was the big man's athleticism, ability to run the court, and his desire to excel on defense that attracted Turgeon and his staff that eventually resulted in a scholarship offer and verbal pledge.

"Coach Turgeon said I could be one of the best freshmen he's coached," Davis said. "His focus is good defense and if I come in with the same defensive intensity that I've been playing this summer, he said I could do some special things for the program."

With the Aggies in need of replacing big men next season, Davis and his fellow 2010 commitments will have an opportunity to earn playing time immediately. The class that will officially sign letters of intent next Wednesday also includes four-star 6-foot-8 power forward Tobi Oyedeji from Bellaire (TX) and 6-foot-8 wing Daniel Alexander from Dripping Springs (TX).

"Coach Turgeon said to be ready to work hard and learn," Davis said. "With Bryan Davis leaving, there's an opportunity for me to earn playing time and possibly start if I do a good job. I'm looking forward to next season."

Bryan Davis served as his official player host last weekend.


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