Beavercreek, Ohio— Coach Steve Pittman has turned the Beavercreek program in a full 360 after only his first year with the Beavers. The former Beavercreek and Dayton grad, led the Beavers to their first winning season since 2016 and first district finals game in twenty years. But, now Pittman might not be the only former Dayton basketball player leading the way . . . former A-10 All-Defender & Sixth Man of The Year, Kyle Davis, could also be joining the team.
“The position came about while I was playing in the TBT Tournament. Coach Pittman texted me and asked if I was around Dayton, and able to help out the team . . . I look at Coach Pittman like an uncle, and he sees me as a nephew.”
Davis played four years at Dayton where he was Coach Archie Miller’s first recruit out of high school. In his freshman season, he played in 35 games and earned himself Dayton’s best team defender award, along with two SportsCenter Top 10 Plays.
Sophomore year, Davis started all 36 games for the Flyers, and forced Big East Player of The Year, Kris Dunn (Chicago Bulls), into 4-13 shooting and seven turnovers in the second round of March Madness.
His junior season, Davis was named a co-captain and once again started every game. Throughout the season, Davis was a game changer for UD, hitting two game winners, and making the Flyers 10-1 when he scored in double digits.
For his last dance as a Flyer, Davis posted career highs in six categories, along with being named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team and earning Sixth Man of The Year.
His basketball career wouldn’t end there. Davis would go on to play his 2017-2018 season in the NBA G-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets. He saw the floor in sixteen games, where he averaged 5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, and 3.4 apg. He received 18.9 mpg.
Davis has spent his last two seasons professionally in Argentina. He put up 8.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, and 3.1 apg, last season with Comunicaciones Mercedes.
Most recently, he starred in the popular TBT Tournament, with Dayton’s alumni team, The Red Scare. Davis helped lead his team to the final four as a starter, before falling short to Marquette’s alumni team, and the chance at $1 Million.
When asked about if he’ll make the decision to join the staff full time, Davis stated, “If Beavercreek has a season, and I don’t sign to continue playing professionally. I will be apart of the coaching staff. I haven’t fully decided yet, but with everything with the pandemic going on, if I can help a kid take their game to the next level, and learn something new, I’m willing to help. I love the game so much that I want to help the players that want to get better.”
Beavercreek will be a losing a lot in Chris Herbort (Florida Coastal Prep), Yousef Saleh, and Mali Harris-Strayhorn. But, will be returning a lot as well in Adam Duvall, Gabe Phillips, Siloam Baldwin, and Braden Grant.
Duvall is one of the city’s top junior prospects, receiving calls from Robert Morris, Wright St, Air Force, & Miami (OH), on the 2022 contact day. He already holds an offer from Youngstown St. Expect him to be a double double machine next season with the Beavers. Duvall had this to say about Davis joining the staff . . .
“He’s been great. He knows a lot about the game and has been everywhere through basketball that I want to go.”
Another noticeable returner is stretch big, Braden Grant. Grant has been one of Dayton’s many stock risers this off-season, earning himself a spot on our top 2021 prospects list. Lighting it up with the Mid-Ohio Pumas this Summer, Grant has gained interest from Miami (OH), Wright St, Ashland, and numerous other D2, D3 programs. It’s almost certain we’ll see the 6’7″ forward at the next level after this season. Grant was especially looking forward to the program’s newest addition. . .
“I’m super excited to have a guy like Coach Davis, with his experience and knowledge of the game, added to the Beavercreek staff. I think he’ll especially help level up our guard play along with what our coaches have already been doing.”
On the defensive end, look no further than ’21 Siloam Baldwin. When needed, Baldwin can also step up in offensive situations, dropping a career high in points (13) and assists (6) in their post season game against Lebanon. He is as excited as the rest of his teammates when it comes to their possible new coach . . .
“He’s cool. He tells us about his experience coming from Chicago and going against big name division one athletes every game. He just brings a whole new perspective to our team.”
Davis indeed did play some tough basketball during his time in Chicago. In 2013, for his senior season at Morgan Park, he averaged 21 ppg, 5 apg, and 3 spg. He was named to the All-City 1st Team, Southtown Star 1st Team, All Area Team, All-State Team, and Team MVP, while leading Morgan Park to their first state championship since 1976.
This earned Davis a four star rating and multiple offers coming out of high school. Davis won’t be the last basketball stud to come out of Morgan Park, Ayo Dosunmu is a projected 2nd round pick, currently playing for Illinois.
Beavercreek is not going to get handed a conference championship this year, even after their historic season. The Beavers are going to have to once again work to earn everything they want, playing in a competitive GWOC, filled with tough teams in Centerville, Wayne, Fairmont, Miamisburg, and an interesting Springfield team led by new head coach, Shawn McCullough.
“For the time, we’ve just been doing conditioning and I’ve just been getting to know the players. My expectations for the team is to just help them get better each year.”
With their newest addition, there’s no telling how far it could take the program these next few seasons . . .
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