The Meralco Bolts were the last team to announce their import for the upcoming PBA Commissioner’s cup, and they picked up one hell of a player.
You can tell that he’s a very successful athlete with all the medals around his next, but the fact that he’s a swimmer might be a bit off course for the Bolts. But KIA Sorento – Excuse me, KIA Carnival – has a very successful professional boxer on their team as well so maybe this is a trend going…Oh wait. That’s the wrong Josh Davis.
Now we’re talking. Josh Davis played for the University of Wyoming for an illustrious 4 years, being the lone sophomore on the First Team All-Mountain West Conference, garnering Mountain West Conference Player of the year in his Junior year and…wait. This is still the wrong Josh Davis.
What the hell? That’s Kawhi Leonard…
This finally IS the Josh Davis that the Meralco Bolts signed for the Commissioner’s Cup.
The knee-jerk reaction from most media outlet is that this is the second coming of Kawhi Leonard. With the cornrows and the San Diego State connection going on, that is understandable. But you have to look further past the appearance.
Kawhi was an inside oriented player in college, but he still roamed a lot on the perimeter for the Aztecs. Kawhi was a huge part of the Aztecs offense, using 27.6% of the Aztecs possessions in his breakout Sophomore year before he went drafted to the San Antonio Spurs before winning a championship in his second year along with a nice shiny NBA Finals MVP.
Let’s take a look at Josh Davis.
Josh Davis didn’t start off with San Diego State. He started his collegiate career with North Carolina State. He was in the same recruiting class as Richard Howell, another PBA import for Talk and Text, for a season before transferring to Tulane. Funny thing is that Davis transferred out of NC State because of the rapid improvement of Richard Howell AND incoming then incoming freshmen phenom CJ Leslie, who has been signed to played in the PBA as an import for Global Port Batang Pier.
This Commissioner’s cup seems to be one hell of a reunion.
Josh Davis’ transfer to Tulane saw him get more action and he was able to show what he is good at which is hustling a lot and grabbing rebounds. He became a lead player for the Green Waves, almost averaging a double-double in his first year with 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.In his second year he completely broke out averaging 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds. It’s not only those numbers that were impressive. His usage rate was almost the same as that of his first year with Tulane, but in his second year, he turned all those possessions into more points, evident by the boosting of his offensive rating from 96.9 to 114.8 which is an enormous jump.
Talking about enormous jumps:
Davis would then use the graduate transfer rule to immediately transfer from Tulane to San Diego State and immediately play.
His numbers dropped significantly only down to 7.7 points per game but thats because the Aztecs has Xavier Thames who was everything for the Aztecs offense that year who used up 28.6% of their possessions.
Josh Davis eventually graduated and went undrafted in the 2014 draft. He got on a summer league roster with Charlotte and performed exceptionally well, which lead to the San Antonio Spurs to offer him a multi-year contract in August. Davis spent a good length of time with the Spurs D- League team, the Austin Toros, and did his usual work to average a double-double. The Spurs eventually waived him in October 2014.
I can’t say much about how Josh Davis will fit in with the Meralco Bolts as I have yet to watch the Bolts play, but if their is one thing that translates easily from league to league, it is rebounding and hustle which happen to be two things that Josh Davis does very well. Fans will love Davis for his hustle and tenacity.
Check out the previews for the other imports here:
Michael Dunigan, Ginebra San Miguel
Peter John Ramos, Kia Sorento/Carnival
CJ Leslie, Global Port Batang Pier
Chris Charles, Blackwater Elite
Richard Howell, Talk’N Text Tropang Texters
Solomon Alabi, Barako Bull Energy Cola