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December 25, 2012

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

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Tonawanda News — In particular, the NT contingent in the Carrier Dome for the title game still amazes Davis, as he recalls the moments of that season.

”It was just amazing. I remember walking on to the field and the whole left side just erupted and went crazy,” he said. “You got goosebumps for a second. I think everyone did.”

Davis didn’t play in that game, however, because he had suffered a season-ending abdominal injury a few weeks prior. He went to a massage therapist, an acupuncture specialist and underwent several other treatments in an attempt to play in the biggest game of his life.

But nothing worked. Dealing with the sting of not joining his teammates may have helped to prepare him for the obstacles that awaited him at Daemen.

”There are really no words to describe how tough that was,” he said of missing the state title game. “You work the whole season to get to that point and you want to do anything you can to help the team, and to not be able to do that was definitely a rough experience.”

All about the team

Davis is no stranger to accolades. Individual accomplishment has always shined a bright light on an otherwise humble and grounded superstar. He decided to play basketball at Daemen because of his love of the game and passion for the team-first focus that college basketball offers, and the Wildcats are now benefitting from Davis’s decision.

Jonny Davis credits his son’s high sports IQ and high-level sports acumen for the adjustments he’s made in his game at the college level. Miranto agrees, and said that Davis’ contributions will become even more valuable as the season progresses and he gets more comfortable in his role.

”He proved what he could do as a freshman with double-digit scoring games, and when he particularly shot the ball really well from three-point range,” Miranto said. “That’s something that we really missed last year when he redshirted. This year he isn’t shooting it quite as well, but he’s doing other things that help us win. He’s getting rebounds, getting steals and playing extremely hard on the defensive end of the floor.”

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