Mike Davis - A Pleasant Surprise
Mike Davis, a 6'9" player from T. C. Williams HS in Alexandria (VA), was the last player to verbal to the Fighting Illini Men's Basketball program this season. Originally it was certain he would red-shirt, but after his play in the Illini's two exhibition games he may be the least of the big men to sit out this season. In an earlier interview, Davis sat down with InsideIllini.com to talk about his plans this season.
How's college life treating you so far here in Champaign especially being so far away from home?
It's going really good. The transition is going fine. Everyone has accepted me and I've met a lot of nice people, including my teammates.
Speaking of your teammates, how's it all shaping up for you?
Everyone has accepted me well. Everyone here is really cool. I like Chester Frazier. It's all great. I've been able to just hang out with the guys; it's been fun.
How are things going for you on the court? Do you feel that you've able to pick up things fairly quickly?
I'm picking up things pretty quick. I was only on campus for a month before school really started, so I had to learn really fast.
What's been said to you about red-shirting from the coaches?
Right now it's all up to Coach. What I do in practice and exhibition games will determine a lot, but if it's left up to me I would tell them I don't want to red-shirt this year. I want to jump in the fire and play.
What part of your game do you feel you need to work on to one, help the team and two, make you a better player?
Most definitely stay in the weight room everyday and get stronger. I think I have a nice mid-range shot and I would like to eventually extend it out to the three point line and make them on a consistent basis. I like the fact that I'm very long and I get up and down the floor very well. I really like that mid-range part of my game and also being able to go to the post if I had to.
When I came up here for a visit I just liked everything about it - the people and the town. The town is nice - just the right size and I was able to meet a couple players when I came.
In Mike's first two exhibition games he scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds against Quincy College. His next game against Kentucky Wesleyan, Davis scored four points while only getting his hands on two rebounds. The next few days will be very critical for Weber and all of his new incoming freshman.
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