By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
Kent State's men's basketball program added some much-needed muscle to its 2014-15 frontcourt on Wednesday, when Georgia native Raasean Davis gave the Golden Flashes a verbal commitment.
Davis, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward from Hiram, Ga., averaged 17 points and 17 rebounds as a junior for Paulding County High School last season. He will be a welcome addition a year from now, when the Flashes will be replacing their top three forwards, who will graduate after this season.
"The playing time is on the table," said Davis. "I've just gotta go get it."
Davis had at least six scholarship offers, but ultimately chose Kent State over Hawaii and Mercer. Other schools who were interested in Davis included Southern Mississippi, Wichita State and Cincinnati.
Davis visited Kent State the weekend of Oct. 5, but had already developed a strong relationship with head coach Rob Senderoff and his staff before arriving on campus.
"They were one of the first schools to offer me a scholarship, and they haven't fallen off," said Davis. "They showed that they really wanted me. I visited the weekend before last and me and the players bonded real well. I love the school, the coaches, the players, everything. I felt like this is the place for me."
Davis is a wide-bodied forward who will grab his 2,000th career rebound at Paulding County early this season. He runs the floor well, but does his best work in the paint.
"I love to post up," he said. "I love the low block, but I'll go out to the free-throw line and take you off the dribble, even pull up."
Now that Davis has committed to Kent State, he can focus on going out in style as a senior for Paulding County.
"I averaged 17 and 17 last year, and this year I want to average 20 and 20," said Davis. "But the ultimate goal is to win the (state) championship. Last year we went 15-8, went to the state game and lost to Hiram by four points. If we would have won, we would have had a good chance at winning state, and we have all but one player back."
Davis can officially sign his letter of intent during the early signing period, which begins Nov. 13.
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