Tyler Davis signs to shoot hoops for North Dakota college
If you were watching from the stands in early March and you saw Tyler Davis being carried off the floor during the regional portion of the 3A state playoffs for boys basketball, you might have wondered if his career was done.
However, he knew it wasn’t even close to finished.
On Thursday, Tyler finished the paperwork to join the Jimmies of the University of Jamestown. The MCHS senior will receive a partial scholarship to attend the school in Jamestown, North Dakota.
He said the college approached him about becoming part of their hoops program, and the more he looked into it, the more it seemed like a fit. Currently, he’s not certain if he will be a redshirt on the team or what the situation will be.
“I’m just excited to play ball,” he said.
In a senior season that included awards for All-Conference First Team, as well as for sportsmanship and most steals on behalf of the Bulldogs — tied with teammate Joe Camilletti — Tyler played through the pain of the final game of the year, spraining his ankle only to come back taped up for the second half.
“My ankle’s all good now,” he said. “Everything’s good. I’m ready to go.”
While pursuing his lifelong dream of college ball, he’ll be studying sports medicine, setting his sights on a career in physical therapy.
Tyler’s father, Billy, and stepmother, Valerie, were a little emotional watching him sign his letter of intent Thursday afternoon.
“We’re so proud of him, he’s worked so hard for this,” Valerie said.
Coach Eric Hamilton was also beaming watching the events unfold.
“He’s set goals to play at the next level, and he’s going to do whatever it takes to be a great college player,” he said.
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