Davis Named GAC Male Athlete of the Year

Johnie Davis, who helped the Arkansas Tech men’s basketball program win 51 games and reach a pair of NCAA Division II Tournaments over the past two years, is the inaugural Great American Conference male athlete of the year.

Davis (photographed, right) was announced as the winner of the award during the GAC Night of Champions event at Embassy Suites in Little Rock on Wednesday, June 20.

“Johnie is a superb athlete that has had two very successful years at Arkansas Tech University,” said Wonder Boys head coach Doug Karleskint when Davis was nominated for the award. “He has helped lead and keep our program amongst some of the toughest competition in Division II. Johnie had many huge games during the conference season — hitting the game winning free throws against Southern Arkansas, scoring the game-winning bucket at Arkansas-Monticello in the closing seconds of a game that was back and forth all game long. He helped lead the team to the Sweet 16 and was presented with many awards along the way. Johnie has been a huge reason that we at Arkansas Tech University have been very successful in the past couple of years.”

A senior from Canton, Ohio, Davis was the leading scorer (19.8 points per game) for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys basketball team that won the 2012 GAC regular season crown, captured the 2012 GAC Tournament title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament. Tech finished the season with a 26-6 overall record.

The Wonder Boys were 25-6 with a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament regional semifinals during Davis’ junior season in 2010-11.

An honorable mention All-America selection by Division II Bulletin, Davis was named 2011-12 GAC player of the year, first team All-GAC and as a member of the All-GAC Tournament team.

Daktronics and the National Association of Basketball Coaches both named Davis to their All-NCAA Division II South Central Region teams, and he was selected to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Division II South Central Regional.

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