Written by Corbett Smith
Plano West transfer and 5-star junior center Tyler Davis ruled ineligible by UIL's state executive committee
The final arbiters for the University Interscholastic League ruled Wednesday that Tyler Davis — a 6-9, 270-pound junior center who transferred from Frisco Liberty to Plano West in the summer — is ineligible to compete at the varsity level for the 2013-14 boys basketball season.
During a meeting held in Austin, the UIL state executive committee upheld the District 10-5A ruling — which centered around the question of whether Davis transferred for athletic purposes. Davis would have been the fifth member of AAU power Texas Titans on Plano West’s roster; Ohio State pledge Mickey Mitchell and Avery Johnson, Jr. — son of former Mavs coach and San Antonio guard Avery Johnson — also transferred to the school this summer, joining existing Titans D.J. Hogg and Soso Jamabo.
After the ruling, Davis tweeted:
Plano West (2-1) started the season as the state’s No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A, despite being a fourth-place playoff qualifier in 2012-13.
Even if Davis — a consensus Top 25 player in the Class of 2015 — would have been ruled eligible, he wouldn’t have played for Plano West until likely after the holidays, still recovering from off-season knee surgery. Davis can practice with the team, and participate in sub-varsity games.