Meet The Lumberjack Basketball Newcomers
Nov. 3, 2007
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - When the Stephen F. Austin men's basketball team takes the floor this season, Lumberjack fans might notice a few new faces in uniform -- nine, to be exact. The nine newcomers for 2007-08 tie two previous years for the most SFA rookies to start a season under eighth-year head coach Danny Kaspar. The class includes five prep recruits and four collegiate transfers. Following is the eighth in a series of question-and-answer sessions that will help SFA fans get to know the newest Lumberjacks. Today's featured 'Jack is freshman Preston Davis.
Davis is a 6-2, 170-pound point guard from Arlington, Texas. He lettered three times and was a two-year starter at Summit High. Davis earned consideration for the McDonald's All-American team as a senior, when he was named to the all-region team. Davis was a first-team all-district selection each of his last two years and earned his squad's "Mr. Offense" tag both as a junior and senior. For his high school career, Davis averaged 12 points and four assists.
Where Eric Bell, SFA's anticipated starter at point guard, is more of a distributor and defensive stopper, Davis gives the Lumberjacks a reliable back-up with the added dimension of a scorer. "Preston is an athletic point guard who can score and penetrate," Kaspar said. "I see him helping us a great deal over the next four years."
Davis will major in marketing at Stephen F. Austin.
Below are Davis' responses to the Lumberjack newcomer survey:
Q: What is your favorite professional sports team?
A: Dallas Mavericks.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Kobe Bryant.
Q: What was the biggest factor in your decision to come to Stephen F. Austin?
A: The team and the chance for a good education.
Q: What do you think is your best attribute on the court?
A: My ability to penetrate.
Q: What has been the toughest part of preseason practice, so far?
A: The running.
Q: If you had to sum up this year's team in one word, what would it be?
Q: What position, besides your natural position, would you like to play and why?
A: Center, because I've never been able to play it.
Q: What's your most prized possession?
A: My cell phone.
Fans have the chance to see Preston Davis and the rest of the Lumberjacks in action for the first time Monday night, when they host Abilene Christian in a season-opening exhibition game. The contest is set to tip off at 7 p.m. in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. SFA opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, when the Lumberjacks host UT-Tyler in a 7 p.m. tilt.
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