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Tyler Davis joins Puerto Rico basketball family
SAN JUAN (FIBA AmeriCup 2017) - Puerto Rico will have another burgeoning star from the American collegiate ranks to bolster their national team this summer with Texas A&M big man Tyler Davis announcing he's set to play for the Boricuas.
Davis, 20, averaged more than 14 points and 7 rebounds this past season for the Aggies.
The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation said in a statement that Davis will be with the team when it plays at the FIBA AmeriCup in Colombia against Mexico, hosts Colombia and a team that has yet to be confirmed.
The inclusion of Tyler Davis in the national team is part of the philosophy and work plan we have to begin the generational change.
"He is a talented player of the future for our national team," Puerto Rico coach Eddie Casiano said. "It gives us credibility that the program continues to add young people to our aspirations for the immediate and long-term future."
Davis is eager to make his mark with the Boricuas.
"I'm very excited to announce that I'll be playing for the Puerto Rican national team in the summer," said Davis, a 6ft 10in (2.06m) center. "I'm very excited and can't wait to get the season started. Vamos Puerto Rico."
Federation president Yum Ramos is also excited about the incorporation of Davis, who hails from Plano, Texas.
"The inclusion of Tyler Davis in the national team is part of the philosophy and work plan we have to begin the generational change," Ramos said.
Many of Puerto Rico's players have played college basketball in the United States, including two of the most famous in recent times, Carlos Arroyo (Florida International) and Jose Barea (Northeastern).