Austin Davis leaving Tech basketball team

Montana Tech head men’s basketball Ccoach Patrick O’Herron announced Austin Davis’ departure from the basketball team today. Davis, a Butte native and Butte High alum, is leaving the team due to medical reasons.

Davis has suffered repeated ankle injuries.

“I feel terrible for Austin, I know how much time he put into making himself a college basketball player and now to have that taken away is sad,” O’Herron said.

Davis just finished his first year on the court with the Orediggers after redshirting his freshman season. He appeared in 17 contests averaging 1.1 points and a one rebound a game.  As a senior at Butte High, Davis averaged 10.3 points and six rebounds.

“It’s very difficult and not something I wanted to do, but it was best for my physical health, degree, career and future,” Davis said.

“Austin is a worker, he is the kind of player coaches want to coach, very selfless, and will do anything it takes for the team to get better,” O’Herron said. “Austin was always prepared to compete everyday he stepped on to the court and most of the time he was dealing with pain, which shows you how mentally tough he is. He was also a great teammate, and is a great representative of what a student athlete should be at Montana Tech.”

“We’ve always been a close team and I still support the team,” Davis said. “They are some of my best friends that I have made at college.”

O’Herron said he is leaving the door open for Davis to return to the team if he is healthy down the road.

— Montana Tech Sports Information

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