Where Would SMU Transfer Kendric Davis Fit Best?
SMU transfer Kendric Davis will announce on Friday night where he will finish out his collegiate career. Jon Rothstein reported that Davis has cut his list down to Kansas, Texas Tech, TCU, Houston and Memphis.
“Hardest decision of my life but God got me through it all,” Davis wrote on Twitter.
Hardest Decision of my life but GOD got me through it all 💜 https://t.co/PgYWcAL5LM
— Kendric Davis (@150__KD) April 19, 2022
So where would Davis fit best?
Davis is a point guard, he needs the ball in his hands to run the offense. The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 19.4 points and 4.4 assists this past season for the Mustangs, winning the AAC Player of the Year in the process. Davis needs to find a team where he can flourish running the offense and have more of a spotlight on him. SMU is a respected basketball program, but Davis doesn’t get mainstream attention than he should.
Memphis wouldn’t make any sense to me, as Davis would be in the same situation as he was at SMU. The only difference is that he would be making pretty good money and playing for an All-NBA guard in head coach Penny Hardaway. He would have more attention, but not enough.
Kansas is questionable because Davis could take the role that Remy Martin played for the Jayhawks this past season, which isn’t a bad thing. Martin was an All-Pac 12 First Team member at Arizona State, before coming to Kansas for his final season. Martin bailed out the Jayhawks in March multiple times. Bill Self found a perfect role for Martin once he recovered from an injury. I could see Davis taking that same role for next season.
Houston would be a great option for him, as the Cougars are becoming a consistent top 15 team in the country. Despite losing Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark, UH went to the Elite-8, pushing Villanova to the limit. With Sasser coming back, that would be a really good combo. If Kelvin Sampson can land Davis, Houston would be a national championship contender for next season.
Texas Tech would be a good fit, as Mark Adams continues to retool in the portal once again. Last season, Adams took over what Chris Beard built and exceeded his expectations. With just Terrence Shannon, Kevin McCullar, Marcus Santos-Silva on his roster, Adams was able to bring in four productive transfers and go to the Sweet 16. Bringing Davis to Lubbock would elevate TTU into the upper-half of the Big 12 standings next season.
TCU would just be a perfect story. Davis leaves after his freshman year, develops into a star at SMU and returns to a team that has so much momentum going into next season. The Horned Frogs can be a top 15 team with Mike Miles returning. Add Kendric Davis too? Like with Sasser from Houston, that would be an incredible duo in the backcourt. I think with the hype TCU will get coming in next year, this would be the best fit for Davis. Would it be the best “spotlight” fit? No, but if TCU can stay at the top of the Big 12 next season and make a tournament run, that would neutralize it.