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No One Rebounds Like Davis, by James Vincent
No one on the team or in the BYU pipeline rebounds as well as Kyle Davis.
Effective as they can be on the glass at their best, not Austin, not Kaufusi, not Mika, probably not Dastrup, and not Collinsworth, none of them are in KD’s class as a rebounder. Maybe, if KC played PF full time, he would be close. Bet that Davis is going to get a job playing somewhere after graduation because of that talent. His 11.3 RB average in less than 30 minutes is plenty legit, especially with a team full of mates who value those caroms.
And Davis provides much more. He scores inside and outside, is proving to be a decent passing big, plays stellar defense, and blocks shots. After some frustrating sloppiness in his first 3 games wherein he had 16 turnovers, KD has dished 10 assists on only 4 turnovers over the last 5 games. That is enough to erase his turnover concern.
Free throw percentage, overrated as it is to overall effectiveness for winning basketball, needs to get better and we should feel assured it will do so. From here on out, i think we’ll see 65% from KD and > 60% on the season.
What matters more than FT % is that he is scoring 13 points a game on only 9 shots.
Kyle Davis is on track to be in the discussion as an all-WCC first teamer, and imo, the only thing that would prevent that award would be if Coach Rose leaves him off the list in favor of his sometimes very good senior Chase Fischer.
We have a star in Kyle Davis.