Dec 19, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Xavier Musketeers head coach Chris Mack gestures in the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at U.S. Bank Arena. The Bearcats defeated the Musketeers 60-45. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

A Kind of New Musketeer: Myles Davis

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Profile:

Position:  Shooting Guard

Size:  6-foot-2 190 pounds

High School and Travel Team:  Notre Dame Prep and Playaz

Recruit rankings for the class of 2012:

ESPN’s 21st ranked SG

Rivals.com’s 136th ranked player and 32nd ranked SG

Scout.com’s 21st ranked SG

Why he didn’t play last year:

Davis was ruled ineligible by the NCAA due to his high school records.  The NCAA deemed that certain classes he took at Notre Dame Prep did not qualify and were invalidated.  Not only was Davis ruled ineligible for the 2012-13 season, but he wasn’t allowed to practice with the team or receive his scholarship for the year.  It was a sticky situation given how other players from the same school who took some of those same classes were treated differently by the NCAA.  But that’s the NCAA’s reputation for ya.

Strengths:

The book on Davis is that he is a shooter and one that you better get a body on when he crosses half court.  “Myles shoots better than 99 percent of the people in the country. I told our guys if you can get the ball into his hands inside the gym, it’s like a layup” said his coach at Notre Dame Prep, Ryan Hurd.  He’s also an extremely competitive kid who plays with an edge on the court.

Weaknesses:

His defense has been noted as being below average.  He doesn’t have great speed and is a bit undersized to be guarding certain 2-guards of opponents.

How he will fit in:

Davis did at one time make the transition to point guard, but that likely won’t be the case at Xavier with Semaj Christon and Brandon Randolph handling those duties.  Brad Redford, who graduated this past spring, accounted for roughly 38% of Xavier’s 3-point attempts last season.  Davis should easily fill that void and could even play himself into the starting lineup if his lights-out shooting carries over to the college game.

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