Juco bench player decommits from Memphis
So here we are again, discussing another disappointing development with the University of Memphis basketball program. Today Armond Davis, a juco player from the College of Southern Idaho, announced he will reopen his recruitment and decommit from Memphis.
This is both a non-story, and a huge story all-in-one. A non-story in the fact that no one expected Davis to make a huge impact on the basketball court. While listed a four star recruit by some, Davis is a bench player for the College of Southern Idaho. So his decision to decommit from Memphis is not a huge blow to the Tigers talent wise. But this decision is huge news when it comes to the state of the Memphis basketball program. Pastner’s program is already dealing with really good hometown kids transferring, no real activity when it comes to recruiting, and now, a junior college bench player from Southern Idaho is passing at the opportunity to play basketball for Memphis.
I don’t know how to spin this into something positive and optimistic…it’s not. It’s hard to believe we have got to this point, yet so many don’t realize this is where the program is now. I don’t know how heavy that final straw has to be for some, but just the archive of Memphis basketball stories since March is enough for me. An 18-14 record will blind some to the facts. The fact is the Tigers 18-14 record last year was not even close to being good enough for an NIT bid. Some of us could see this coming years ago, even when the Tigers were making the NCAA Tournament. Something didn’t look or feel right about the basketball product on the floor.
The other news of the week was the decision by the University of Memphis to honor John Calipari for his Hall of Fame induction. It’s a little blurry when it comes to the University’s intentions here, but fans spoke out immediately. John Calipari is fairly disliked in Memphis now for leaving the university and heading to Kentucky. He became a “cheater” overnight after his decision to leave and most assuredly would not be welcomed with open arms by most fans if he was to return to the FedEx Forum. I am not one of those fans. I realize the debt of gratitude Memphis fans should have towards John Calipari. Before he got here, the Tigers were in the gutter and going through coach, player, student love triangles, not to mention the horrible basketball product on the floor. When Calipari left, the Tigers had just been to a Final Four, he left the next coach in very good hands for years to come, and oh by the way, Memphis now had an NBA team. More likely than not, none of that happens without John Calipari.
This is nothing but a side note. Maybe if the Tigers had something to celebrate currently, we wouldn’t be concerned with the glory days. The story is where we are and where we’re heading. Let’s talk about basketball and what we’re going to do to get hometown kids to want to stay in Memphis. What we’re going to do to get Louisville to want to play us. And what we’re going to do to get juco players from Southern Idaho to want to play for us.
Kind of ironic that Armond Davis’ Twitter handle is @justwannawin22. Maybe he has made the right decision, because as of late, that’s not what the University of Memphis basketball program has been about.
With everything that has happened surrounding the Memphis basketball program in the last several months, how do you view the status of the program? Let us hear from you in the comment section below.
Brandon Reid covers NCAAB and the Memphis Tigers for MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid
He is from Memphis and graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. He loves the Memphis Tigers, Grizzlies, Titans, and Arkansas State Red Wolves.
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