The Rice men’s basketball team will soon open preseason practices, but they won’t have the services of freshman Denzel Davis.
The 6-8 forward from Orlando injured his left knee during the Owls exhibition trip to Canada over the summer. Upon returning to Houston, Davis was evaluated and it was determined he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. He underwent surgery Sept. 10 and will miss the 2013-2014 season.
Rice will redshirt Davis. He will still have four years of eligibility remaining. Davis is one of seven freshmen on Owls roster trying to spark a turnaround. Rice went 5-26 last season.
“Wishing my guy, Denzel Davis a speedy recovery,” Rice assistant coach Brian Eskildsen tweeted. “Minor setback for a major comeback! I have no doubts he will come back a BEAST!”
The Owls went 3-0 on an exhibition tour in British Columbia from July 31-Aug. 3. Davis had four rebounds and an assist against the University of British Columbia in his first game. He knocked in a pair of 3-pointers and notched three rebounds against the University of Fraser Valley on Aug. 1 before suffering the injury.
Davis helped lead his high school team at Lake Highland Prep to a 16-game winning streak and Class 4A state basketball title his senior season. He scored 16 points, had seven rebounds and blocked four shots in the championship game.
Davis reportedly picked Rice over Florida Gulf Coast, Columbia, Kennesaw State and others.
“I felt comfortable with the coaches and the players on my visit,” Davis told Cory Rollins of Source Hoops in October 2012. “The school is in a great city and the academics were a major factor in my decision.”