It was a tumultuous offseason for senior guard Myles Davis to say the least. About one week after the academic year commenced, Myles was suspended from the basketball team indefinitely. After missing 15 games, he was reinstated during the postgame press conference on January 7th.
Since returning to the team, he had only scored two points (both at the free throw line), and had not made a shot from the field, going 0-8 including 0-6 from beyond the arc. It wasn’t exactly the jolt of offense the struggling Musketeers were looking for out of their leader, but such a prolonged absence lends itself to a natural delay in the development of team chemistry. He seemed a little discombobulated on the court, and made some questionable basketball decisions, but he exhibited some leadership skills in gathering the team/energizing the crowd from the bench, etc.
Then, all of a sudden, this came out of nowhere:
Such an abrupt departure causes questions to arise in the minds of fans all across Xavier nation. There is probably a very large part of this story we do not know, and frankly, will not find out because it is not our business. All we know is that Myles is no longer a member of Team 95, and Xavier will have to move forward and try to piece together this season without him.
Here are Shannon Russell’s tweets:
Clearly, there are a lot of dynamics at play.
For now, all we can do is move forward. While Myles’ contribution to this year’s iteration of Xavier basketball was insignifcant on the court, he was clearly far from the top of his game and who knows what could have been had he been able to play through March.
Also, Myles was 3-0 vs. the Bearcats and was looking to become the first Xavier player to sweep UC over the course of their career here. For at least one more year, this possibility has been denied.
So folks, it’s time to get used to this team as it is right now. And I leave you with this, a tweet from earlier this morning: