Shawn Finney addressed a key need with the signing of big man Quincy Davis.
April 10, 2002
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Tulane University addressed one of its key needs in men's basketball by adding a talented post player to its roster for the 2002-2003 season. Quincy Davis, a senior at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala.., signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Green Wave, Tulane coach Shawn Finney announced Wednesday.
A 6-9, 215 pound post player, Davis was the runner-up for Class 6A Player of the Year in the state of Alabama while playing for Coach Reggie Copeland. He earned first team All-State honors following his senior season in which he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots per game in Division 6A, Alabama's largest schools. Davis was also honored as an all-county selection and named to the "Sweet 16" by The Mobile Register.
"Quincy is a versatile, quick and athletic big man, and he is very, very long," Finney said. "He gives us added depth at the post. I see him contributing right away and having a positive impact on our program."
"He's an infant in basketball, he did not play until junior high, but he has really come a long way in a short period of time and he has a huge upward curve," Copeland said. "He played a lot with his back to the basket for us, but he can hit 15-foot jump shots and he runs the floor well. He also has a great instinct for going at the ball when he blocks shots.
"Quincy has put on 20 pounds in the last year and a half here," Copeland continued. "He has a frame that could easily put on another 20-30 pounds over a short period of time."
As a junior, Davis was named a second team All-State player, as well as all-county. He was selected to play in the Rising Senior North-South All-Star Game in the state of Alabama.
"This was one of our main needs which we addressed early in the recruiting season," Finney said. "We are very pleased to add a talented big man like Quincy."
Tulane closed the 2001-2002 season, its second under Finney, with a 14-15 record, a five-game improvement over the previous year. The Green Wave graduates just one player, returning its entire starting lineup. Tulane was the No. 12 seed in the Conference USA Tournament, but upended fifth-seeded Saint Louis in the first round before bowing out to NCAA Tournament participant Charlotte in the quarterfinals.