Grant sees ‘big-time growth’ in Jordan Davis, who wins A-10 weekly honor

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Davis scores 21 points while guarding the best player from UMass

Dayton Flyers sophomore guard Jordan Davis won the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week Award for the first time in his career Monday.

Davis, who scored 46 points in victories against George Washington and Massachusetts, shared the honor with George Mason’s Justin Kier.

Davis made 7 of 11 3-pointers in a 72-66 win at GW on Wednesday and 6 of 8 in a 72-67 win at home against UMass on Sunday. Davis made as many 3-pointers in the two games as he had in the previous 12 games combined.

In those two games, Davis improved his season 3-point shooting percentage from 25.4 to 35.4. He shot 39.4 percent last season. He has made 28 of 92 3-pointers, ranking second on the team in made 3-pointers behind Jalen Crutcher (40 of 97, 41.2).

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“Even when he wasn’t making shots, he’s been consistent in terms of getting in the gym, getting shots up and working on his game,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “Sometimes as a shooter, you kind of need to see the ball go in from time to time to get your rhythm. The game he had at GW, under those circumstances, on the road, that can do a lot for you in terms of just seeing the ball go in. Myself, his teammates, our coaches, we’ve got a lot of confidence in him. We’ve seen him do it. We know what he’s capable of. It’s great for him because of the way he works and because of who he is, just his consistency, to see him be able to have the success he’s enjoyed the last couple of games.”

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Davis made his first three 3-pointers Sunday and had 11 points at halftime. He had success on the offensive end while drawing the assignment of guarding Luwane Pipkins, one of the top scorers in the conference. Pipkins scored 19 points on 8-of-21 shooting.

“What we asked of him from a defensive standpoint for 38-plus minutes to be the primary guy (guarding Pipkins),” Grant said, “whether it was in the full court or half court and then to still be able to produce on the offensive end, that’s big-time growth, so I’m proud of him.”

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