November 4, 2009

Davis' new role key to Aggie success

When Texas A&M juniors Bryan Davis, Donald Sloan and Chinemelu Elonu entered the NBA Draft following the 2008-09 basketball season, it was thought that all three would be back for their senior seasons after working out for a few NBA clubs, scout and GMs. But Elonu stayed in the draft and was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round and now plays in Spain for Zaragoza where he has an opt-out clause at the end of the season to rejoin the Lakers.

What that means for the Aggies is that they are all of a sudden thin in the post and Davis will no longer be playing the four-position next to Elonu, but rather shift over to center where Elonu was a mainstay last year.

"I think it's really his natural position. He always passed the ball pretty well and he can be a perimeter player so you can play him at the four, but I think the five is kind of his natural position. It's been good for him," said A&M head coach Mark Turgeon. "We kind of felt that way when Chin decided to leave it was going to be great for Bryan and it has been. He's performing at a pretty high level in practice right now and he's gaining a lot of confidence because there aren't a lot of big bodies to throw up against him every day so he's getting confidence."

At 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, Davis certainly has the size to bang with the bigger bodies he'll face throughout a grueling non-conference season and especially the Big 12 conference, but a season ago Davis played the four and was drawn out to the perimeter on defense.

Staying at home in the paint comes more naturally to Davis, and he said that he relished playing against bigger players.

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