Tonawanda News — Life was good for Aaron Davis when he walked the halls at North Tonawanda High School — people knew his name.
Even a quick glance at the school’s record book reveals the former two-sport star’s name.
He holds the all-time program record in points (1,674), assists (325), is second all-time in rebounds (805), was named as the Tonawanda News basketball Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons and is the only five-year letterman in the history of the NT basketball program. He also graduated as the all-time leading scorer in football and helped the Lumberjacks win the school’s only state championship in its history his senior year.
That was how things were in 2009.
Three years later, and while flashes of that player remain, Davis must now overcome a nagging but severe foot injury — one that could have cost him his career — to continue blossoming into his new role as a key contributor off the bench.
The player and person that’s emerged from a condition known as chronic tendinosis in the Achilles may be a key piece on a 14-4 Daemen men’s basketball team competing in the USCAA this season while it transitions into NCAA Division II.
Davis’ pedigree is undeniable and his competitive spirit has helped the Wildcats defensive unit make a big impact this season. Daemen associate head coach Mike Miranto, a North Tonawanda native, said that despite Davis’ injury, teams need players like him to be successful.
”I think every successful team has to have somebody like Aaron, even multiple guys like Aaron, if they want to accomplish the goals they set for themselves,” he said. “He’s come in and over the course of three years here, embraced his role as someone that comes off the bench and he’s willing to do whatever the team needs him to do to win a game. He’s very mature and well-respected amongst his teammates.”