Taking Another Step
Senior wing Josh Davis took some major steps in 2004-05. He improved virtually every facet of his game, both the statistical side of things and the intangible side. Scored more, rebounded more, had more steals, improved his free throw shooting and he made more three-point baskets. In 2005-06, the UCSB coaching staff expects that he will improve even further and if he does, he could rise to the level of an All-Big West player.
In a year when his teammates risked injury just by blinking too hard, Josh Davis stood out as the ironman. Not only did Davis lead the team in minutes played with 939, just 58 fewer than he played in his first two seasons combined, he was one of just five players to play in every game. Even more telling was the fact that he was the sole Gaucho to start every game. Davis had numerous bumps and bruises during the 2004-05 season, but not once was he out of the starting lineup. In fact, in his three seasons at UCSB, Davis has played in 87 of 88 games, missing one game due to illness during his sophomore season.
Last Gasp Pays Off
For most of the 2004-05 season, Davis averaged in double-figures. He started off quickly, going for 18 in the first game of the season, 20 in the third game and averaging 14.5 through five games. As the season wound down, however, he drifted under double-figures occasionally. When Davis scored eight points in UCSB's Big West Tournament win over Long Beach State, his averaged dropped from exactly 10.0 points per game to 9.9 points per game. Fortunately for Davis, the Gauchos beat the 49ers and he had one more chance to hit double-figures for the season. He took advantage of the opportunity. In the season-finale, a loss to Cal State Fullerton, Davis scored 15 points to finish with 293 in 29 games, an average of 10.1 per game.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
If variety really is the spice of life, then Davis is having a pretty spicy career. In his two seasons as a Gaucho, Davis has played the point guard spot, the off-guard spot, the small forward spot and the power forward spot. Davis has played the role of defensive stopper and he has played the role of the team's offensive go-to guy. Although he did not play point guard during his junior season, he played plenty of the other three positions. Granted, when UCSB was down to seven players, only one of whom was a post player, everyone had to play a variety of roles, but Davis was already used to it.
Big Game Josh
As a sophomore, Davis had some of his best games against some of UCSB's best opponents. In fact, his 13-point, 5-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 from three-point range performance against UCLA, was instrumental in the program's first win ever against the Bruins. In 2004-05 it was more of the same. Though the Gauchos didn't win all of his big games, Davis had some of his best performances against some of the team's best opponents. He scored a career-high 21 points, making 5-of-7 shots from three-point range, against Pacific, which went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He scored 18 points, making 4-of-5 shots from three-point range, in a season-opening overtime win over Mountain West Conference-member San Diego State. Davis had 20 points, making both of his three-point attempts, in a game against San Francisco, which advanced to the NIT. Finally, Davis scored 15 points in the season's final game against a Cal State Fullerton team that went to the third round of the NIT. With North Carolina on the 2005-06 schedule, who knows what he might do?
Josh Davis should once again be a staple in the stating lineup for UCSB...He is expected to start at the three spot...Arguably the team's best defensive player, Davis made huge strides on the offensive end in 2004-05 and if he can continue to progress, he could become one of the top all-around players in the Big West...He is the Gauchos' top returning scorer.
Davis was the only Gaucho player to start all 29 games during the 2004-05 season...He scored 15 points against Cal State Fullerton in the season's final game, pushing his scoring average to 10.1 points per game...He was one of three UCSB players to average in double-figures...In addition to his scoring output, Davis averaged 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game...He ranked fourth on the team with 25 three-point baskets, 12 more than he made in his first two seasons combined...He scored in double-figures 13 times, including a career-high 21 against Pacific and 20 at San Francisco...Scored 10 or more points in the first four games of the season...Davis scored 18 points, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, in UCSB's season-opening overtime win at San Diego State...He was chosen Big West Player of the Week following his performance in the win over the Aztecs...In his 21-point game against Pacific, he drilled a career-high five three-point baskets in seven attempts...He did struggle from three-point range towards the end of the season, making just 1-of-14 over the final seven games...Finished second on the team in steals with 42...Had a career-high four steals in games at San Diego State, at San Diego and vs. Cal Poly...Davis had two or more steals 12 times...Had a season-high of five assists at UC Davis, one short of his career-high...While Davis averaged 4.7 rebounds per game, he had five or more 16 times...Collected a career-high nine rebounds against UC Davis...Had eight rebounds in games against Cal State Northridge, at UC Davis and at Cal Poly...After shooting just 44.1% from the free throw line as a sophomore, Davis improved to 68.9% as a junior...Not only was Davis the only player on the team to start all 29 games in 2004-05, but he also led the team in minutes played with 939, 32 more than Chrismen Oliver, the next closest player...Played 30 or more minutes 22 times and 35 or more 10 times...Logged a career-high 38 minutes in games at UC Riverside and at San Diego State.
Davis averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore...He was also fourth on the team at 1.6 assists per game...Was originally expected to redshirt the 2003-04 season, but injury and suspension forced him into action...Played in 27 of 28 games, starting 13...Missed a game at UC Irvine due to illness...Scored in double-figures three times, including a season-high 13 points in UCSB's first-ever win over UCLA...In the victory over the Bruins, Davis made a season-best three three-point baskets and he was 5-of-6 from the field overall...Also scored 12 points before fouling out in a double-overtime win over Cal State Fullerton...After missing his first five three-point attempts on the season, Davis finished the year by making nine of his final 17, 52.9%...His overall three-point percentage of 40.9% was a major improvement over the 26.7% he shot as a freshman...He made seven of his nine three-point baskets during UCSB's season-long four game winning streak in December...After going 0-for-8 from the floor in UCSB's season-opening win at Hawaii, he made 49-of-108 shots the remainder of the season, 45.4%...Over the final five games of the year, Davis hit 12-of-19 from the field, 63.2%...Collected a season-high six rebounds vs. Cal Poly and had five vs. St. Mary's...Although he never had more than six rebounds in a game, he had three or more 14 times...Passed off a career-high six assists against Westmont...Had a four-assist game against Cal Poly...Davis had three or more assists five times...Came-up with three steals against Idaho, Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly, all Gaucho wins...After averaging 27.4 minutes per game in the first nine games of the season, Davis averaged just 14.9 per game over his final 18 appearances.
Davis was one of seven Gauchos to play in all 32 games in 2002-03...Averaged 3.4 points per game...His scoring average increased to 4.1 points per game during Big West Conference games...His free throw mark of 75.6% was the tenth best by a freshman in school history...Averaged 1.9 rebounds per game and he ranked fourth on the team with 22 steals...Davis' 22 steals placed him fifth all-time on the Gaucho freshman top-ten list...Played an average of 15 minutes per game during the season...Was used more frequently during conference games as his minutes increased to nearly 17 per game...Improved his three-point percentage from 26.0% to 40.0% in Big West games...Recorded 17 of his 22 steals during conference games...Scored 73 of his 108 points in conference games as well...Scored a season high 14 points in a victory over UC Riverside...Went 5-for-5 from the field in the game against Riverside, connecting on both of his three-point attempts and both of his free throw attempts...His three best scoring efforts all came in UCSB wins...In addition to his 14-point game against Riverside, he had eight points in a home win over Utah State and seven points in a road win at Pacific...In the game at Pacific, Davis had seven points, five rebounds three assists and two steals...Pulled down a season-high six rebounds at BYU, five of which were on the offensive end......Played a season high 24 minutes and passed off for a season-best three assists twice, against UC Riverside and at Pacific...Recorded 15 steals in a span of 10 games during league play...Davis played 20 or more minutes five times.
Davis prepped at Elk Grove High School in Sacramento, CA...As a high school senior ranked as one of the top backcourt players on the West Coast...Played primarily the off-guard position as a prep...As a senior, he averaged 23.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game...He shot 49.0% from the field, 80.0% from the free throw line and 38.0% from three-point territory...Davis was selected All-State, All-CIF, All-Sacramento and All-Delta League...He also earned First Team All-Delta League honors as a junior...Helped Elk Grove to the CIF Section quarterfinal in both 2000 and 2001...Davis also helped Elk Grove to the CIF Championship game in both 1998 and 1999...He was named the MVP of numerous high school tournaments in his junior and senior seasons, including the Bill Cartwright Classic (twice), Mel Good Tournament and the Rancho Cordova Christmas Classic...Scored his career-high of 43 points against Nevada Union HS...As a junior, he posted career-highs of 16 rebounds (vs. Encina HS) and ten assists (vs. Florin HS)...Also had career-highs of eight steals (vs. Stagg HS), four block shots (vs. Laguna Creek HS) and seven three-point baskets (Florin HS)...As a junior he averaged 19.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game...Played for Todd Reiswig and Dan Goldman during his high school career.
Joshua Joral Davis was born August 22, 1983 in Mobile, AL...Earned the Elk Grove Academic Excellence Award all four years of high school...Also competed in swimming...His most memorable moments as an athlete was hitting game-winning shots in the championship game of the Bill Cartwright Classic in both his junior and senior seasons...Also recruited by Cal, Oregon, Fresno State, Santa Clara and Texas-El Paso...Majoring in sociology...The son of Jean Davis-Sheppard and Gabe Davis II.