Player of the Week

Player of the Week

In his senior season Bennet Davis is making everyone pay attention. He is averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game to lead the Huskies. He also finds himself in the top 10 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

“This season I have had to stay focused on what I have to do on the court and being a leader,” Davis said. “Early on I had to block out all the off the court stuff and focus on my game.”

Davis, The Northeastern News Player of the Week, is referring to the change in coaching staffs during the off-season that always leaves a team a little unsure.

“At first all the uncertainty bothered me, but once I met coach [Bill] Coen I had a sense of confidence,” Davis said.

It seems Coen has brought out the best in the senior forward from Freeport, Bahamas.

In Saturday’s 84-74 upset over Hofstra he put up 27 points and 11 rebounds for the fifth double-double of his career. His 27 points tied a career high set Dec. 31 at Boston College and drew attention from the Pride’s head coach Tom Pecora, who compared him to NBA star Kevin Garnett in the postgame press conference.

Davis accepted the praise with a thank you, but hopes Pecora is not the only one noticing his talents.

“It’s a compliment and an inspiration to keep working harder,” he said. “After I graduate this summer I am going to try out at some camps and hopefully head to Europe to continue playing basketball.”

However, he is not completely reliant on basketball for his future. The art major said he hopes to one day be involved in animation and cartooning.

“My father is an artist and my brother and I both draw,” Davis said. “Drawing is something I have always loved.”

In Wednesday’s 84-69 come-from-behind win over Georgia State, Davis put up 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. With a 14-point deficit at halftime Davis said he spoke to the team.

“I spoke up as a leader and a captain,” he said. “We just needed to play hard and at the level we know we are capable.”

Davis said he thinks that level will put them in fourth or fifth place in the CAA standing at the end of the season. The Huskies currently sit at seventh place in the conference behind George Mason, who they play Saturday at 4 p.m.

– Erika Carrubba, News Staff

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