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May 15, 2013

Aztecs land big-time graduate transfer Josh Davis

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San Diego State landed arguably the top graduate transfer available this offseason when former Tulane forward Josh Davis committed to the Aztecs on Wednesday following an official visit to the campus.

"It was hard because every school across the country was calling me," Davis said. "But the relationship I had with the coaches and the style of play I felt like (were the main deciding factors). It was good, I had fun. San Diego is beautiful."

"We are very excited that we will have Josh Davis coming to San Diego State as a fifth-year graduate student, who can play immediately," SDSU head coach Steve Fisher said in a statement. "He will bring great experience and athletic versatility that we have been very successful with in the past. He will provide an immediate impact. Josh is a wonderful young man, very good student and an outstanding basketball player."

The Aztecs made headlines last week when Arizona forward Angelo Chol decided to come home and transfer to SDSU, but made an even bigger splash with Davis. After averaging 17.6 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game last season, he'll help fill the scoring void left with the departures of Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. He's graduating from Tulane this weekend, which means he'll be eligible to play right away as a fifth-year transfer.

"I'll bring a lot of versatility to the offense," Davis said. "A lot of forward and wing-type players have the freedom and ability to go out there and play their game (at San Diego State). They all work together and play up-tempo.

"I really don't have a position and I never really cared whether I was a three or a four. I just want to be on the court and feel like I can do so many different things."

From his size (6-foot-8, 225 pounds) to his scoring and rebounding abilities, all the way down to his cornrows braids, Davis has drawn comparisons to former SDSU superstar Kawhi Leonard.

"Yeah I've been hearing it a lot," Davis laughed. "It's cool as far as the work ethic he has. Everybody that knows me knows that I have a real high work ethic. I might have some similarities but we're not the same player. But as far as work ethic we're very similar."

Davis picked SDSU over Ohio State and Gonzaga (where he also had visits lined up to before his commitment). He's headed back to Tulane for his graduation ceremony but will be back on campus for the start of summer school next month.

Before he suits up for the Aztecs next season, Davis has a couple of things he wants to work on this summer.

"Just having the ball in my hands, I feel like that's my strength as well as rebounding," he said. "Those are my two best strengths right now. I can add some more perimeter skills to it and develop even more of my post game. So just working on everything really, and developing a more all-around game."

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