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2001-02 (Senior): As he enters his final season at the collegiate level, Josh Davis is among the elite players in college basketball. Numerous preseason publications rate Davis as one of the nation's best. Included in those preseason honors are: Honorable Mention All-America honors from Athlon Sports; being rated No. 5 in the country at power forward by Lindy's; being ranked No. 14 in the nation at power forward by The Sporting News; being rated No. 18 in the NCAA at his position by Basketball News; and being named the preseason MWC Player of the Year by MWC media, Athlon, Basketball News, Lindy's, The Sporting News and Street & Smith's. Davis enters his senior season as only the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 career points and grab 700 career rebounds. He has scored 1,077 points to rank No. 24 in school history, and he has grabbed 712 rebounds to rank No. 10 in the UW recordbook. Davis also is No. 3 in school history in blocked shots with 128 and No. 8 in steals with 103. Davis enters the 2001-02 season having recorded 24 double-doubles for his career.
2000-01 (Junior): The Salem, Ore., native had an outstanding junior season culminating with his selection by Mountain West Conference media members as their Player of the Year. ESPN.com and CollegeInsider.com also selected Davis as MWC Player of the Year for the 2000-01 season. Davis was named the District 8 Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) selected him First Team All-District 13. For the second consecutive season, he was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference by both MWC media and coaches. He also earned All-Tournament honors at the 2001 MWC Tournament, and earned one MWC Player of the Week honor. Davis led the Mountain West Conference in rebounding, averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. He ranked in the Top 15 in the league in six different statistical categories. In addition to rebounding, he ranked No. 9 in scoring (13.5 ppg), No. 3 in blocked shots (1.8 bspg), No. 10 in field-goal percentage (.485), No. 12 in steals (1.1 spg) and No. 13 in free-throw percentage (.733). Davis led the Cowboys in double-doubles with eight on the season. He scored in double figures 25 out of 30 games.
1999-2000 (Sophomore): Davis enjoyed a break-out season as a sophomore, earning First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in voting by MWC coaches. He was the only sophomore in the conference to be selected to the First Team. Davis was also selected the Most Underrated Player in the Mountain West Conference in voting by conference media members. Twice during the 1999-2000 season, Davis earned MWC Player of the Week honors. As a sophomore, Davis led the Cowboys in scoring (14.3 points per game), rebounding (8.7 rebounds per game) and blocked shots (1.6 blocked shots per game). Davis ranked among the Top 10 individuals in the MWC in four different statistical categories as a sophomore -- No. 9 in scoring (14.3 ppg), No. 3 in rebounding (8.7 rpg), No. 10 in field-goal percentage (.499) and No. 2 in blocked shots (1.6 bspg). He recorded 12 double-doubles in 31 games, scored in double figures 21 times and scored 20 or more points seven times during the season.
1998-99 (Freshman): Showed his unlimited potential when he recorded the first double-double of his career in the first month of his freshman season against then No. 13 ranked Arizona. Davis scored 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds versus the Wildcats. Also had a double-double (14 points and 13 rebounds) vs. CSU. Enjoyed a 19-point and 13-rebound performance in 89-85 win over SMU on Jan. 16, 1999, and had a fourth double-double of the season against Colorado (10 points and 11 rebounds). Davis also played a critical role in helping Wyoming defeat UNLV 79-76 in the final regular-season game of the season -- he scored 21 points vs. the Rebels. He ranked third on team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and fifth in scoring (8.6 ppg). Played very consistently as a freshman, scoring in double figures in 11 of 27 games. His 6.0 rebounding average was the fifth best for a Cowboy freshman in history. Only Fennis Dembo (7.3 rpg), Reginald Slater (6.8), Bill Garnett (6.8) and Charles Bradley (6.2) had better averages.
High School/Personal: A First Team All-State selection in Oregon his senior season, he led his Salem Academy team to a 23-7 record and a third-place finish in the Oregon Class 2A Championships. Also named to the State Tournament All-Tournament team. He averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists his senior season. Davis saved his best game for last as he scored 34 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, blocked five shots and handed out five assists in the third-place game at the state tournament.
Davis is an accomplished multi-sport athlete, who also earned All-State honors in baseball and All-Conference honors in baseball and soccer. Academically, Davis was involved in the advanced placement honors program at his high school, and was senior class president.
Other schools that recruited him included: Air Force, Boise State, Gonzaga, Idaho and Pacific. He was coached in high school by Tom Leaton. Born Aug. 10, 1980, he is the middle child of Katrina and William Davis, he has an older sister, Beth, and a younger brother Gabe. Davis comes from a very athletic family. His mother played volleyball at San Jose State, and his sister Beth plays volleyball and softball at George Fox University. He is majoring in psychology.