Jake Davis Named UAA Basketball Player Of The Week -- Eagles Ranked No. 10 Nationally
The Emory University men's basketball program received a double-dose of good news on Monday when sophomore Jake Davis (Cincinnati, OH) was selected by the University Athletic Association as Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Eagles to three wins, and that the team had moved up to the No. 10 spot on the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll.
The 6-foot-5 Davis turned in a big week, averaging team highs in points (23.0 ppg), rebounds (7.0) and field goal percentage (.643) in helping the squad to three victories. Davis knocked down 27-of-42 field goal tries and 13-of-17 from the charity stripe in boosting his team and UAA-leading scoring average to 21.4 points on the young season.
He turned in a huge effort against LaGrange (Nov. 26) with a career-high 33 points while pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the campaign and fourth of his career, as Emory recorded a 107-89 victory. Davis converted 14-of-18 from the floor against the Panthers, tying the fifth-highest game total in school history, while his point production was the highest individual mark during Jason Zimmerman's tenure as head coach. Earlier in the week, he tallied a team-high 21 points and tied for team honors with six boards in keying a 95-63 triumph over Berry College (Nov. 22). Davis has scored in double figures in all five games this year and has been the club's top point producer on four occasions.
Emory, ranked 13th in the preseason, jumped up three spots to the No. 10 position in the D3hoops.com Poll. The Eagles, 5-0 on the year, have 384 points and are the highest-ranked UAA team in the Top 25 with Rochester holding down the No. 12 spot. Augustana is the No. 1-ranked club with 15 of 25 first-place votes and 610 points. Middlebury (587 pts.) is No. 2 and Amherst (582 pts.) holds down the No. 3 spot.
The Eagles return to action on Wednesday (Nov. 30) when they make their 2011-12 home debut against LaGrange starting at 7:00 p.m.