Spoke with Tacoma Community College coach Carl Howell who said Kevin Davis (left) has done everything he needed to do on the court and in the classroom at TCC.
He’s taking a full course load in the spring and just one summer class. Barring an unexpected twist, the 6-foot-9, 221-pound forward will play at Washington next season, Howell said.
“He has verbally committed to Washington and they have offered him a scholarship,” Howell said. “I’ve been in constant contact with the Huskies and I’ve been told that the scholarship is there him as long as he does what he’s supposed to do and is able to graduate and enter in the fall quarter.”
Davis isn’t Angelo Chol, the San Diego big man who dropped the Huskies from his list Monday. Still the former Todd Beamer High standout could help UW immediately.
“He runs like a deer and he fits their system to a tee,” Howell said.
That’s not to say Davis isn’t without flaws.
He put up big numbers at Beamer (21.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 6.6 blocks a game), but has tapered off at TCC.
This season Davis is averaging 8.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 20 minutes per game. He’s shooting 61 percent from the field and has played in 21 games. TCC is 19-2.
“The thing about him is a lot of people expect he’s going to put up huge numbers, but I don’t care what level he’s in, he’s not a back-to-the-basket, go-to scorer,” Howell said. “He’s a really good rebounder and defender. He can shoot the ball in little bit on the perimeter. And he’s got a huge upside. But his game is really as a rebounder and a defender.”
There’s also a concern about why Davis isn’t starting. He started the first seven games, but has come off the bench ever since.
Howell said Davis had a nasty habit of getting in foul trouble when he was a starter. As a reserve he’s able to ease into the the flow of the game. Howell added Davis still is among the team leaders in minutes played.
Howell is a keen evaluator of talent. He’s spent 13 years at Tacoma CC head coach four years at the school’s athletic director. He’s also produced 30 four-year and 17 Division-I players.
“Kevin is just not a skilled low-post player yet,” Howell said. “He’s an exceptional athlete playing basketball. He’s a runner, jumper, shot blocker and rebounder. Those are all good qualities to have.”