CONTAGIOUSLY COMPETITIVE

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ERIC CHAVEZ ’19 | STAFF WRITER • Jack Davidson ’21 from Fishers, Indiana has made a name for himself on the basketball court here at Wabash. If you don’t know the name, you might know him as the youngest looking person on campus. Don’t
let the baby face fool you, in his first year of college basketball, Davidson is averaging 17.4 points to go along with 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game. To put up numbers like this as a freshman takes a remarkable amount of talent.

 

“The kid is just dead set on playing basketball,” Head Coach Kyle Brumett said. “The game is so important to him, and he shows it. No matter what time I end practice, he is always the last one to leave.” With this work ethic, it isn’t much of a surprise to see the success that Davidson is having in his first year.

Along with his work ethic, Davidson is an extremely competitive person.

“His competitiveness is his best and his worst attribute,” Brumett said, “He is a very results oriented person and that is something that is going to help move the program forward.”

            With great success comes great responsibility. As a freshman, it might be hard to come to a team and be a leader but Davidson has handled the pressure seamlessly. “He leads with his actions,” Brumett said. “He’s fiery and shows lots of emotions on his sleeve but at the end of the day he finds ways to positively influence everyone on the team.”

Davidson’s work ethic and leadership ability is great. “He just has an edge that you don’t see a lot in a Division III basketball player,” Brumett said. “It’s contagious and has spread throughout the entire team. It’s very exciting and we are looking forward to the future.” This unteachable edge, along with a strong work ethic, seems to be what separates him from the others on the court and will help him in other aspects of his life.

As a freshman, Davidson hasn’t declared a major or minor, but he hopes to study economics along with business. In his first semester at Wabash, he earned a 3.83 GPA while making the transition from high school to college both in the classroom and on the court.

            “It wasn’t easy,” Davidson said, “The work load is higher and time management is harder, but I’ve always relied on my hard work to get things done both in basketball and in school, and I just tried to keep that mindset once I got here.”

Both the transition in the classroom and on the court is tough, but Davidson has made it look easy. “My teammates and coaches have helped me too,” Davidson said. “Being able to use their experiences has helped me grow.” He also gives a lot of credit to his family, “My parents are big inspirations to me,” Davidson said. “They have always supported me in everything, they are my biggest fans, and I can’t thank them enough.” Davidson also has an older brother who he admires. “I look up to my brother both on and off the court,” he said. “He taught me that nothing comes without hard work and I try to live by that.”