It’s been 572 days since Steven Davis suffered a foot injury that forced the Wright State senior forward to miss 16 of the final 17 games his sophomore season and all 35 contests last year.
But Davis has declared himself 100 percent healthy and said he’s eager for his senior season.
“It feels really good to be back out here working,” Davis said Monday following one of the team’s final summer workouts. “It’s been a while. I missed it. I’m just trying to get my legs back, get my stamina back and get game ready again.”
After redshirting out of Indianapolis in 2012-13, Davis appeared in 22 games the following season, mostly during the nonleague portion of the schedule.
He was much more involved during his sophomore season, starting seven of 14 games while averaging 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing 20.5 minutes per game. But in the final nonleague contest of the year at Ohio State, Davis suffered the injury that would force him to miss the next 15 games.
“I’ve done a lot of watching during my college career,” said Davis, who has played in 37 of a possible 137 games since arriving on campus. “It’s been really hard to just sit there and watch.
“I tried to get involved in some practices, and I just wasn’t ready,” Davis added. “I didn’t want to hurt myself and the trainer kept telling me not to push it. If you push it you’re going to hurt yourself more in the long run. We just decided to sit the year out, get all the way healthy and get ready for this year.”
Former coach Billy Donlon, who recruited Davis, called him a major-conference talent, and new coach Scott Nagy said he’s been impressed by Davis this summer.
“He’s doing good,” Nagy said. “He’s pretty versatile, handles it pretty good for somebody his size. I think he’s just trying to get used to what we think is a good shot and what we think isn’t. He can guard a lot of people. He can play a lot of positions offensively, so that’s going to allow him to play a lot because when you’re that versatile you can play a lot of positions.”
Nagy and his staff are excited about the incoming freshman class along with senior transfer Mike LaTulip from Illinois, and getting Davis back is like adding another dynamic player to the mix of a team that went to the Horizon League championship game this year.
“It’s great to have Steven back,” junior guard Grant Benzinger said. “He’s so athletic. He’s probably the most athletic guy in the league. I mean he’s 6-8, can jump out of the gym. When we play up and down, he gets every rebound. Last year we weren’t very good at offensive rebounding.”
The Raiders ranked last among 10 teams in the Horizon League and 343rd out of 346 teams nationally with an average of 6.6 offensive boards per game.
“I think it will be way different than last year with him back in there,” Benzinger said.
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