James Davis - 2006

all ninerreport.com has is that he is 7 feet, 245 lbs…its us, minnesota, and oklahoma…if anyone finds anything else let me know

I can tell you that if he’s Schoolcraft (Marcus Bennett), he’s JUCO.

Apparently he signed with Minnesota before going the JUCO route, so they are probably the leader with him.

Juco Junction has him as a pre-season 2nd team JUCO All American.

[b]I can tell you that if he's Schoolcraft (Marcus Bennett), he's JUCO.[/b]

And Courtney Alexander(to the left). Does anyone have a picture? I want to see if this guy “is” 7 ft.

I’m reading that this guy signed with Minnesota back in 2004 for the 2005-06 season, but when I checked their website, he’s not on the Gophers’ roster. Something to do with gun charges, which apparently were dropped.

[b]James Davis, a 7-0, 280-pound center from Minneapolis, Minn., who attended North High School, averaged 11.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for Garden City Community College in Kansas last season. Davis was a preseason Sporting News All-American and was named to the Street and Smith's second team preseason JC All-American team. In addition, he was cited as the top junior college center in the country by Van Coleman of Lindy's.

“James Davis’ basketball ability is unquestioned,” Monson said. “He has the skills and size to make an immediate impact in the Big Ten. He was our top big man recruiting priority coming into the summer.”[/b]

Link: GopherSports.com

Scout.com: James Davis


[b]Minnesota recruit James Davis will not play for Dan Monson after all--at least not next season. Monson announced yesterday that the seven-footer will not be enrolling in the fall. Davis was arrested in Minneapolis on March 10 and charged with carrying a gun without a permit.[/b]
Link: [url=http://bigtenwonk.blogspot.com/2005/03/jury-duty-for-billy-packer.html]Big Ten Wonk[/url] [NOTE: scroll down to "In today's less Wonk-ish venues...."]

More on Mr. Davis…

[b][b]Minnesota, Monson turn down 7-footer[/b]

James Davis will not play for the Minnesota men’s basketball team next season, a decision announced by coach Dan Monson.

Davis, a 7-footer from Minneapolis, signed a letter of intent last November. He left his junior college team after an altercation with a teammate and recently was charged with carrying a gun without a permit – a gross misdemeanor stemming from a traffic stop in the Twin Cities. Police found the gun on the front seat of his car.

Davis, who previously played for North High School and Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., will find a new junior college. When the fall semester begins without his enrollment, his scholarship becomes void.[/b]

Link: DetNews.com

ESPN.com: Coach: Davis needs to resolve ‘personal affairs’

Please, tell me, why are we recruiting this guy? :o

When they said he had “big guns”, I thought they meant he was a physical player…

Hey, that’s one way to defend the post…at gun point!

Found his stats for Garden City. Not bad. Didn’t play in 04-05 after getting kicked off the team.

Garden City Stats 2003-04

i don’t know if we ever played cinci again and we had him. It might turn into a full out bloods vs. crypts war. (that was a joke)

Just keeps getting better and better as I read through some of the articles on Scout.com

[b]Unfortunately, Davis will not be playing this season (2004-05 at Garden City CC) after an altercation with (teammate B. J.) Walker. According to Davis, he swiped at the ball at he defended Walker, hitting him in the eye. Walker, upset with the foul, took a swing at Davis. Teammates broke up the altercation.

“I did not take a swing at him, but (head) coach (Ryan) Swanson thought that I had tried to punch him when I was trying to swipe at the ball.”

There had been reports that Davis quit the team. However, he says that was not the case.

“They wanted me to go. The AD (Dennis Perryman) told me that I had to go. I did not feel safe there (after the incident). You can’t be comfortable where you are not wanted.”[/b]

Well, if he had ended up at Minnesota, then he and Grier would have had something in common when it comes to teammate relations! :stuck_out_tongue:

An article back in June states that he is still loyal to Minnesota and most likely will end up there.

I doubt Davis will ever don a Minnesota uniform. After all the fallout of the academic scandal of the Clem Haskins regime, I can’t see Don Monson taking on this guy with all the baggage he brings (though it does seem that Monson was willing to overlook the circumstances that got Davis booted from Garden City CC).

Any news?? We NEED a big man!

He’s averaging 20 pts (69% FG) and 10 rebs per game for Schoolcraft thusfar. 65% FTs… shooting better from the field than the stripe.

Sounds like our kind of guy.

We don’t have another scholarship left to offer for 06, do we?


James Davis has led Schoolcraft to a 21-4 start this season. Davis had 19 points and 12 rebounds in their 77-69 win over Division II Wayne County Wednesday night. Schoolcraft (21-4) picked up its 10th win in its last 11 games with the victory.

Division II #12 Mott had previously snapped Schoolcraft’s seven-game win streak, topping the visiting Ocelots 87-76, despite Davis finishing with 40 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocked shots. NBA teams Toronto and New Jersey both had scouts in attendance.

Davis is shooting 66.1% from the field, ranking among the leaders in the country in that cateogry.

James Davis had told GoldenSports.Net this summer 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. There are also questions whether he will be able to receive his degree. Mentor Ricky Williams said that should not be a problem for Davis.

“He might have to take a math class, possibly on-line, but he should get his degree.”

Williams said that despite interest from the NBA, he would prefer that James spends at least one year in college.

“Right now, I think so. Charlotte, UTEP and Southern Mississippi have been showing the most interest.”

Williams said that Minnesota has not been actively recruiting Davis. This is most likely due to questions about his academics and off-the-court concerns.

Head coach Carlos Briggs admitted to GoldenSports.Net previously that the Gophers could be at a disadvantage as the academic requirements make it harder for junior college players to gain admission to Big Ten schools.

Briggs said that seven NBA teams called about watching Davis at the Daytona Beach Battle of the Beach that was held from Nov. 24-26. Briggs said that several NBA teams, such as Portland and Toronto have called and want to keep tabs on Davis, if he is unable to be academically eligible to play Division I basketball.

However, Briggs feels that Davis needs more seasoning.

“He needs a year of Division I basketball. He has the ability to play in the NBA, but the question is longevity. The track record of JC players going to the NBA (Kedrick Brown, Qyntel Woods and Donta Smith) is not great. He would help himself by going to a Division I school. However, he has the size and skills that will intrigue teams.”

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 played this summer for the Sabes/Petters team in the Pulley Summer League and scrimmaged with the current Gophers during the summer.

Hey our Vice President plays with guns illegally, so why not our players?

he didn’t play with them illegally doesn’t he have a hunting licsense?

The vice president has nothing to do with our recruitment of this player.

His coach sounds like a pretty level-headed guy. We got Bennett from Schoolcraft, so hopefully that will help us with Davis should we extend a scholarship offer.

Personally, I don’t think he’s a good fit. He sounds like more trouble than his worth. Also, 7 footers usually don’t do so well in our system. We’re more run and gun. I like the 6-10 Habel kid better. The chances of landing either sounds very slim.