While the focus in College Station might be on the upcoming college football season, Texas A&M's basketball program has been busy trying to upgrade its roster.
The results paid off in a big way, with center Tyler Davis committing to the school, according to Evan Daniels of ScoutHoops.com:
Davis, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound center, committed to Billy Kennedy and his staff at Texas A&M on Friday, per multiple sources.
Davis had a terrific summer playing with the Texas Titans team. Davis is a massive post prospect that fights and plays with toughness in the paint. He rebounds at a high level and can overpower defenders and score on the block.
Davis is the No. 33 overall prospect and seventh-ranked center in the 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.com. In addition to Texas A&M, the star center received offers from Kansas, Arizona, Baylor, Purdue, SMU, Texas and Texas Tech.
The Texas-born Davis had an interesting season last year, to say the least. Matt Jessen-Howard of SNY.tv wrote about Davis in June, noting he wasn't allowed to play for Plano West by the University Interscholastic League because it felt he transferred from Frisco Liberty "for basketball reasons, even though his family moved."
Davis spoke to Jessen-Howard about that incident and how it affected him physically and mentally:
It was tough. You never want that to happen. For me, it was real tough to sit out and watch my team play. It hurt my game, but at the same time, I have time now to get back in it.
If you’re willing to work hard, you’ll get right back into the game and pick up where you left off. I’m working on my touch around the basket and all the stuff that I used to have down every game. It’s kind of coming back. This session, I’ve felt really comfortable.
As for what made Davis one of the best prospects in his recruiting class, it's no secret that every team wants to find size and production in the paint. He played well this summer for the Texas Titans of the Elite Youth Basketball League, averaging 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, per Daniels.
Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com called Davis "a skilled traditional back to the basket player. A below the rim type player, Davis relies on his size and strength to create space."
Playing in the SEC, where Kentucky and Florida play a physical style and always have good size in the paint, Davis represents a huge piece of the puzzle for Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy in his quest to get the school back into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
He's also the first commitment the Aggies have received for the 2015 season, so Kennedy can sell other recruits on the idea of playing with a powerful big man who can create his own shots under the rim.