Tonawanda News — Davis is also respected in the Daemen locker room. His teammates know what he’s been through to make it back and how hard he works every day to be able to compete with them.
Miranto said that because of his personality and penchant for making winning plays, his teammates have complete faith in him when he steps onto the court.
”He’s a quiet guy and definitely not a rah-rah cheerleader type and never has been,” Miranto said. “But I think in a lot of ways that’s a good thing, because when he does say something I think the guys tend to listen to him. He will interject with some thoughts from time to time, but I think above all else the guys know that when he steps onto the court he means business, he’s about winning and he’s about making winning plays. I think that’s what they respect the most.”
Davis isn’t the same player he was in high school, but in a way he might be even better. He’s learned what it takes to win and he’s made that his mission on the court. Before every basketball game he’s ever played, his father has told him to play hard and play smart, and if he does that, he said he feels like he can’t lose.
”Every time I take the floor I want to do two things: play hard and play smart. If I do in some way I hope I benefit the team,” he said. “I try to keep that in mind every time I take the floor. I want to benefit the team in some way even if it’s not scoring. ... (Because) It’s not always about scoring as many points as you can or getting in the stat book. Whatever my team needs at the time is what I’m going to do.”Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.