Sharing the title of shortest player on the Tecumseh basketball roster, 5-9 senior Dalton Davis knows what it’s like to look up to someone.
For Davis that was 2008 Tecumseh graduate Josh McKee, who was Clark County’s Mr. Basketball that year.
On Thursday it was Davis’ turn to stand tall. He became Tecumseh’s sixth Dan Hoyt Mr. Basketball at the Coaches All-County boys high school basketball banquet. Davis was also one of 11 players named to the All-County team, which was selected by county coaches.
“These are such great athletes. It’s a great honor,” Davis said. “I know all these guys and they’re great basketball players.”
Receiving Mr. Basketball is one of the county’s highest basketball honors. Davis, though, was given another as he coached in Tecumseh’s first- and second-grade basketball program on Sunday nights. Sometimes when a youngster would hit from deep — one of Davis’ trademark shots — they would call out his name.
“A couple kids, they’ll go out and shoot a 3 and say, ‘Dalton Davis!’ I’m glad they look up to me,” said Davis, who also worked Tecumseh’s summer camps since his freshman year. “I want to be a great role model. I wasn’t really thinking about it, but looking back I realize they do look up to me.”
Davis joined inaugural winner Rick Thacker (1978), Andy Arnott (1986), Jon Stafford (1995), Adam Brown (2007) and McKee as Mr. Basketball winners from Tecumseh.
Davis led the Arrows in scoring, averaging 17.5 points. He averaged 2.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.3 assists for the Arrows. His outside touch was a game changer with 70 3-pointers. That’s 32 more than anyone else in the Central Buckeye Conference. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range and hit 86 percent from the free-throw line.
Davis will play his college ball for Defiance College and major in forensic science.
“He’s a great kid with a big heart. For his size and stature he’s a tremendous player,” Tecumseh coach Roger Culbertson said. “He isn’t taller than his opponents, he doesn’t jump higher than his opponents, he doesn’t out-quick his opponents. He’s just a kid that gets it done.”
Joining Davis on the All-County team were seniors Josiah McFarland (Tecumseh), Will Johnson (Catholic Central), Jaeden Bailey (Kenton Ridge), Nick Wiseman (Northeastern), juniors Jaden Greenwood (Shawnee), Andrew Tincher (Shawnee), DaeShawn Jackson (Springfield), Henry Alexander (Springfield), sophomore Jake Bertemes (Southeastern) and freshman Danny Davis (Springfield).
Springfield coach Isiah Carson was named county Coach of the Year. He led the Wildcats to an 18-6 record overall, 7-3 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s Central Division.
“It’s an honor. This is an award for Springfield,” Carson said. “We’ve got a lot to look forward to.”