ALEX DAVIS/HUTCH NEWS PHOTOALEX DAVIS
It’s easy to be critical of all-conference teams when you’re not the one picking the teams … but sometimes the mistakes are so egregious they can’t be ignored. The Jayhawk Conference made one of the more head-scratching mistakes in recent history when they left 6-foot-9 Hutchinson forward Alex Davis off the All-Jayhawk West and All-Region VI Division I teams. Davis, who is headed to Fresno State, is the best big man to play in the Jayhawk since Seward County/Texas Tech forward Darko Cohadarevic, who led the Saints to the Region VI title (just like Davis) in 2008 and might be the best to play in the Jayhawk in the last decade.
Davis averaged 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a league-best 2.8 blocks for the Blue Dragons, who are 31-3 headed into next week’s NJCAA Division I Tournament in Hutchinson. If you saw Davis play last year, it was easy to see the potential was there. If you saw him this year, it was easy to see he’d tapped into it. An All-Jayhawk team with five guards … think of an all-conference football team with all running backs and quarterbacks.
REGION VI PICKS
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Here were my picks for Region VI – missed on the women, hit it right on the head with the men. My biggest whiff? Putting the Barton men out in the quarterfinals, of which I got a suttle reminder of while sitting on press row Friday night.