With the addition of Josh Davis
. SDSU should be a force in the Mountain West. (William Purnell/Icon SMI)
After picking up Arizona transfer forward Angelo Chol for the future, San Diego State helped its present in a big way on Wednesday, with CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman reporting that the Aztecs have landed Tulane transfer forward Josh Davis.
Davis, who averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds a game last season for the Green Wave, took advantage of the graduate transfer rule and will be eligible immediately for Steve Fisher's club. The Aztecs beat out Gonzaga and others for the right to add a quality, experienced scorer/rebounder.
Of course, Davis can also do stuff like this, which should make The Show happy, too:
The Aztecs already were going to be a more heavily frontcourt-oriented team this season after losing perimeter-oriented standouts like Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley and James Rahon, but the immediate addition of Davis should allow less experienced talents like Skylar Spencer to develop without the consummate pressure of learning how to carry a much bigger scoring load in one summer. San Diego State is always a good watch, and now with Davis, they should be quite competitive again in a Mountain West that continues to be very solid.
On the flip side, this is a pretty big blow for Gonzaga, who missed on both Davis and UNLV transfer Mike Moser
(who landed at Oregon). After losing both Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk from last season's breakthrough team, the Zags really could have used an experienced rebounder at the 4 to help complement returning bigs Przemek Karnowski
and Sam Dower
. After a season in which its dominant frontcourt elevated it to legitimate national contender status (thanks, insane Wichita State shooting
, for crushing that narrative), the Zags likely will revert to more of a "traditional" non-blueblood posture, with guard play from Kevin Pangos
, David Stockton
and Gary Bell being a more crucial lead component of its success.