The Wolverine

June-July 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BIG COUNTRY JR. Davis — who lost more than 40 pounds the past two years — averaged 25.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game as a senior at Onsted (Mich.) High. PHOTO COURTESY MARSHA DAVIS BY CHRIS BALAS T wenty years ago, Oklahoma State boasted a seven-foot center in Bryant "Big Coun- try" Reeves who would be- come an All-American and an NBA first-round draft pick. Some in the tiny, southeastern Michigan town of Onsted have been heard saying it might just be his long lost little brother — three-star center and Michigan signee Austin Davis — who helped transform the program at the town's small school into a force. Called "Big Country Jr." by some since he's only 6-10 and 235 pounds, Davis was the catalyst on a team that finished 23-1, capturing its sec- ond straight district championship before losing to River Rouge in a regional final. An undefeated regu- lar season had the Wildcats ranked No. 1 in Michigan's Class B heading into the state playoffs and put the Onsted community in a tizzy. Davis proceeded to finish second in Michigan's Mr. Basketball voting and earned Class B Player of the Austin Davis Is In Great Shape To Start His Michigan Career

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