Several weeks ago, it was announced that sophomore guard Khameron Davis would be transferring out of the Pitt basketball program. Davis didn’t take too long to make a decision and reports have him headed to Weber State.
The Standard-Examiner mentioned the news late Thursday night and it’s since been confirmed locally. He will sit out next season then have two years to play.
Davis averaged a modest 2.5 ppg and 2.2 rpg this year in a minor role for the team. He saw his minutes significantly cut this season, averaging only 13 minutes per contest down from the 24 minutes he got per game as a freshman the year before. His lessened role came from the emergence of freshmen guards Xavier Johnson and Trey McGowens, which made his transfer logical.
So, why Weber State? As the Standard-Examiner cited, head coach Randy Rahe recruited him before he came to Pitt so there was already a bit of familiarity that no doubt helped. It also allows him the opportunity to face some competition that isn’t quite as challenging as seen in the ACC, which is probably the right move for him.
Kham should not only benefit from the potential for playing time but, just as importantly, will get a year to grow and develop. Like several Pitt players last year, he was rushed into action when, under normal circumstances, a redshirt probably would have been best for him. He’ll essentially get that next season and can work on his game before returning for his final two seasons as a college player. I don’t know how great he can ultimately become but I would be shocked if he wasn’t any better in two years’ time.
Davis, himself, even mentioned the potential to improve after a year off. “You have more time to develop and mature as a person ... You kind of disappear off the radar and you transform into a new person,” Davis said. “That’s really important if you take that year to do the right things, you can come out a lot better.”
Last year, Weber State was 18-15, finishing fourth in the Big Sky Conference. While Davis will be walking into a better situation with more opportunity, he’ll no doubt have some competition for playing time.
Weber State had four freshmen guard and a sophomore, which would conceivably still be there when Kham is eligible to play in two years. They could have some transfers but also would have two more years of recruits as well. Despite that, it’s clear that whatever opportunity he has there will almost certainly be better than what chance he had here with Pitt’s guard rotation being so young.