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2016 Xavier basketball player preview: Myles Davis

There is a huge range of possible outcomes for Myles this year.

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He looks so happy...
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Myles Davis has the eligibility of a senior, the age of a grad student, and the hairline of a 45-year-old accountant (or, you know, a Banners staff writer). He emerged last year as the unquestioned heir to Dante Jackson’s throne as the team’s on-court heartbeat. Also, he’s really good at basketball, having one of the top shooting strokes in the Big East and an unexpectedly versatile perimeter game. What’s not to love?

Apparently at least one person has an answer to that. Myles currently labors under indefinite suspension from the team until he answers criminal charges stemming from an incident involving an ex over the summer. Until that is cleared up, all of the on-court skills Myles offers won’t do Xavier any good.

Best case scenario:

Myles comes back at the semester break and hits the ground running. Extensive alone time in the gym has honed his stroke, and the semester off has saved his body from some wear and tear. He slides back into the squad like he never left, going for 11/4/4 and hitting 40% of his threes.

Worst case scenario:

His career at Xavier is over.

Most likely scenario:

Maybe I’m just an optimist, but I think Myles does what he needs to do to get back at the break. If he gets back sooner than that, feel free to have a laugh at my expense. It will take some time for him settle back in; a slow start keeps him to a modest 9/3/3 on the season, but he has the full faith of his teammates - and himself - in big moments down the stretch.