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December 25, 2012

Former North Tonawanda standout Aaron Davis has reinvented himself as role player at Daemen College


Tonawanda News — Facing a road block

Davis wasn’t expecting to come off the bench in college. But after a year of fighting through excruciating pain in his foot, he was forced to deal with the reality that something wasn’t right.

”There wasn’t just one pop or anything like that. It was a gradual thing,” he said. “Throughout the preseason of my freshman year my Achilles started to bother me. I sort of shrugged it off and kept playing until one day specifically I was trying to run and I just couldn’t. I tried to walk off the court and I just couldn’t walk.”

Being a freshman and in a competitive environment trying to earn playing time, Davis didn’t want to sit out and feared what was crippling him every time he went too hard on the court. 

”I pushed it too far when I should have sat out right away,” he said. “I ended up (developing the condition) and ever since then it hasn’t gone away. It’s something that just reoccurs. I spent all of last year rehabbing and trying to get it back to full strength. It will feel good at some points and worse at others. It’s definitely better than it was last year.”

The most frustrating part of the injury is that it’s never going to completely heal. Davis will have to play through pain, sometimes an unbearable amount, to continue his basketball career. But his passion for basketball goes back to his childhood, and he’s overcome injuries before.

Road to the top

Davis fell in love with hoops at an early age, mainly because of his older brother Andrew Davis. The two quickly became inseparable in the early stages of their youth and Andrew Davis, a Lumberjack great in his own right finishing his basketball career as the school’s eighth all-time leading scorer, pushed his brother in every sport they played. Davis attributes his competitive fire to his older brother and that characteristic convinced former Jacks basketball coach Erik O’Bryan to bring Davis up to the varsity team as an eighth-grader.

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