Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with SIU-Edwardsville PG Kris Davis about being the best three-point shooter in the country.
You lost two of your three leading scorers from last year (Jerome Jones and Mark Yelovich). How much pressure is there on you to fill the offensive void left by the departure of these two seniors? Naturally I feel some pressure to step up and take on not just more of a scoring role but a leadership role for our team. We lost five seniors last year who all played a key role, so it is up to the seniors we have now and the people that have been here to step up to the plate. As far as scoring goes, every guy on our roster has the ability to put the ball in the basket. With that being said, I do not feel that I have to score 30 points a night for us to win games.
Your non-conference schedule in November includes games against Arkansas, St. Louis, and Oregon State. Which of these three games do you feel will present your biggest test? Every game on our schedule is a big test. We need to be the type of team that approaches every game like it is our last time stepping onto the floor. We never want to underestimate or overlook any opponent. Our maximum effort should be brought to the court on a daily basis.
What are your expectations for the upcoming season? Win the OVC championship and get to the Big Dance!
You are the only player on your team from Michigan. What made you choose SIU-Edwardsville? I always told myself that I would get out of Michigan to go to school. I had a couple of offers that were too far away from home and some that were not far enough away. When I took my visit to the E, I liked the campus and coaches and knew that I had found my school.
As a freshman in 2012 you led the team in assists and appeared in all 27 games. How were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? The coaching staff played a major part in my freshman transition to college basketball. They pushed me to the limit every day and demanded my best effort. They also gave me great confidence going into every game to play the way I know how and to not be afraid to make mistakes.
That same year you also led the nation with 59.8 3P%. What is your secret for making shots from behind the arc? Confidence is the key. If you are a good shooter and you know you are a good shooter, then shooting comes natural. I joked with Coach Gray my freshman year that I would break his single-season record for three pointers made. I did not catch him but that challenge gave me an extra edge to stay on top of my three-point game.