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Xavier’s Myles Davis Big East’s Most Underrated Player

When your name is Myles Davis, you should be able to make sweet music. Granted, the junior guard from Xavier spells his name differently than the jazz legend and trumpeter, Miles Davis, Myles Davis is capable of making some sweet music of his own on the basketball court.

The 6’2”, 195-pound guard from Plainfield, New Jersey is entering his junior season with the Musketeers and Davis has been a dependable source of scoring for Xavier head coach Chris Mack ever since he arrived in Cincinnati two years ago. And he’ll be asked to do more this season.

Playing on a team with other stars like Semaj Christon, Justin Martin, Matt Stainbrook, Trevon Bluiett, Dee Davis and Jalen Reynolds the last two years, Myles Davis has kid of gotten lost in the shuffle. Davis continues to be an underrated force for an Xavier team that reached the Sweet 16 last season.

Davis is coming off a season in which he averaged 10.6 points per game, while shooting .384 percent from three-point range and .872 percent from the free-throw line. For his career, he has scored 562 points, connected on 104 of his 288 three-point attempts, while shooting .815 percent from the free-throw line.

Solid numbers, solid player.

Davis is also coming off a solid performance in last season’s NCAA Tournament in which he hit on eight three-point attempts while scoring 28 points in three games. He was especially impressive in Xavier’s Round of 32 game against upstart Georgia State, in which he scored 17 points, while shooting 5-8 from three-point range.

He is as solid and dependable as they come. And while Stainbrook and Dee Davis are now gone, Myles Davis will likely still play a secondary role, but certainly not a reduced role. Expect the Musketeers to rely mostly on Bluiett and Reynolds this season. Thus, meaning Davis will be the third option at best.

Then again, it’s a role he relishes. He’s a quiet assassin in that way. When you put your attention on Bluiett and Reynolds, Davis will continue to thrive when opposing teams double team those guys.

With Davis approaching his veteran years with the program, expect him to be more of a leader, too.

With Xavier losing Dee Davis, Mack and the Musketeers will need a calming voice in the backcourt. Sophomore Larry Austin or redshirt freshman Edmond Sumner are in line to get a lot of minutes at point this season, but neither has a lot of experience and that’s where Davis can be of great significance, even though he is not a true point guard.

The thing about Davis that also makes him get lost in the shuffle is that he is not overly athletic either. Davis is about as old-school a player as there is. He puts his hard hat on every day; punches in and then punches out.

Davis=Workmanlike.

Xavier’s run to the Sweet 16 was no fluke and with Stainbrook and Dee Davis gone, some players will need to expand their games if the Musketeers want a repeat performance next March. And Davis is a prime candidate to step up and bring some stability to a team that lost a lot of experience. As such, don’t sleep on this team this year.

Again, while he is not showy, what you like about Davis is that he does he job, sticks to his strengths and gets the results you want from a player of his ilk. Hence, why he is the Big East’s most underrated player.

If the Musketeers are to get back to the Sweet 16, Davis will have to step up his game and judging from what he’s done in the past and the type of player he is, Xavier should be in good shape.

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