Weber State men’s basketball is now prepared for summer workouts with a full roster after University of Pittsburgh guard Khameron Davis has signed to transfer to WSU, head coach Randy Rahe confirmed Thursday.
Davis, who goes by “Kham,” is a 6-foot-4 sophomore who will sit one season and have two years of eligibility remaining to play for the Wildcats.
“The program itself is amazing,” Davis told the Standard-Examiner about Weber State. “I’m huge on family and growth as an individual. I feel like the coaching staff and the players there embody that — personal growth and staying together as a family. That was something that was really compelling.”
Davis started 23 games as a freshman at Pitt before a coaching change resulted in his minutes being cut in half as a sophomore. His top performance this past season came against NC State when he shot 3 of 3 from the 3-point line for nine points, adding four rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes.
Davis was known as a defensive ace at Pitt. As a freshman, he averaged 4.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and shot 37.1% from the 3-point line. He was voted “teammate of the year” in Pitt’s year-end banquet for all athletic programs two weeks ago.
Rahe previously recruited Davis out of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. So when Davis got his release from Pitt, he was familiar with the option Weber State presented and also knew Zach Braxton from previous years of summer ball.
“Pitt was good for a season, it was necessary for me to grow but for me, I felt like I needed to go somewhere where I could develop more as a player,” Davis said.
The positive reputation Rahe and his staff have for player development weighed into the decision to choose WSU.
“Their ability to take players and make them into pros or increase their skill level is a huge thing,” Davis said. “They take a lot of players who have high potential and they develop them.”
After high school, Davis attended Forest Trail Academy post-prep school in North Carolina before playing two years at Pitt.
The 21-year-old said he’s ready to embrace a year away from game play. He frames it like this: the offseason is when everybody gets better and he gets a year-long offseason to refine his game.
“That year off, you never have a moment that’s not the ‘summer.’ 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.”
Davis said he will give his Weber State teammates his experience of playing against ACC talent and what he’s learned about what winning looks like and what it doesn’t look like. He hopes to get back a program and school that will “bring the best out of me.”
After he finishes his current semester at Pitt, Davis said he plans to arrive in Ogden sometime in May ahead of summer workouts.
“I’m really excited to move to Utah,” he said. “I love engagement with the crowd so I’m hoping everybody is welcoming and nice because I’m looking forward to it. I’m super excited.”