Davis working his way toward Montlake

Although you won't see him listed on the Scout database, Kevin Davis is a University of Washington basketball commit to not discount. After graduating from Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way last year, he moved on to the College of Southern Idaho for spring quarter to begin working towards his ultimate goal of playing at Washington.

However, his time at CSI was short lived as he choose to transfer back home to attend Tacoma Community College to be closer to his daughter, Kaylanie.

Even though Davis just started playing organized basketball a few years ago, he quickly made a big impact at Beamer, and by his senior season he was averaging 21.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 6.6 blocks per game.

Even with being committed solidly to the Huskies, that didn't slow down several other schools to call in and at least inquire about him.

"I think everybody in the Pac-10 probably called on him at Beamer from what coach (Brent) Brilhante told me," said Tacoma CC Head Coach Carl Howell. "I know when he came here, we had several phone calls inquiring about him as well, but we just told all of those schools that he had already committed to Washington. My guess is that everyone that had called would have offered him."

Although he was getting added attention, Davis said it has always been about Washington and head coach Lorenzo Romar for him.

"I've always liked Washington. Also Romar, after getting to talk to him and everything, he seemed really cool and somebody that I would like to play for," Davis said. "After talking to him, it made me want to do well in school and try to get up there to play for him."

However, one of the toughest factors for JUCO and CC transfers going to UW is getting past the admissions phase. Coach Howell said Davis is doing all he can to make sure that won't be a problem, though.

"He has done great in school. He hasn't missed a day of class and he took summer school," Howell said. "He has really done a great job academically."

On the court, Davis will get his first taste of college ball this year in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Although the league doesn't generally produce top-end talent on a year-to-year basis, there are a few players that will end up playing Division-I basketball at smaller schools.

Coach Howell, who will be entering his 13th year as Titans head coach, and fourth year as the school's athletic director, has produced 30 four-year and 17 Division-I players. He said Davis definitely has the talent be a special player.

"I think he is a high-major player and I think he is guy that has all the ability in the world. The sky is the limit for him," Howell said. "I've told coach Romar, when he has asked me my opinion, that I fully expect Kevin [Davis] to be an impact player for Washington next year. I think right now, he is a PAC-10 player as a defender and rebounder and he can really run the floor."

Another lanky big that Romar likes, Davis is listed at 6-foot-9 and 221 pounds currently and projects to be a four at the next level. Despite being a big player, Howell said Davis' most amazing attribute is his incredible all-around athleticism.

"The thing that impresses me most is when we ran our two-mile run, after two hours of basketball conditioning, he ran it in about twelve-and-a-half minutes and he won it," Howell said. "He is really much more competitive than I think many people would think watching him in high school.

"Everything we do in our basketball class and conditioning right now, he takes great pride in winning that stuff and I think he has just really opened up. I think Kevin [Davis] was always kind of to himself a lot and it seems like he has really blossomed being back here close to his daughter these last couple of months."

Even though Davis' commitment to the Huskies is solid, there are still plenty of academic roadblocks ahead; how he deals with them will obviously spell the difference between Davis wearing the purple and gold, or if he has to go another route - like Charles Garcia at Seattle University.

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