This is about what family can mean, amid the clamor of college basketball. This is about three fathers, three sons — and one special bond of a game.This was 2002 . . .
Mike Davis had coached Indiana to the Final Four, and nearly everywhere he roamed in Atlanta, a little boy tagged along, wearing his tiny Hoosiers jersey. “When I went to a press conference for the national championship game, he was in my arms,” said Davis, nearly 17 years later. “He’d be at all the practices. Every day was like a vacation for him.”
That little boy now? He’s Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercy, putting up 27.7 points a game to stand second in the nation in scoring as a freshman — coached by the father who once held him in his arms at the Final Four.
“It’s not me,” Mike Davis said. “He’s the one who put all the work in.”
Meet Antoine Davis. He ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring at 31.2 ppg. He’s made 33-of-62 3-pointers (53.2 percent)He didn’t expect to be in Detroit. Neither did his dad.https://t.co/zUpXphuY16@TheAthleticCBB@TheAthleticDET pic.twitter.com/QF3sFec0LR
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) November 21, 2018
This was the opener of the 2018-19 season at Oregon State . . .
It was the first time coach Wayne Tinkle and his leading scorer would conduct the pre-game ritual they had agreed upon. They hugged. The first couple of seasons, they shook hands, and that had taken some deliberation, too. For in the beginning, Wayne’s first instinct had been to say no, not wishing to call too much attention to a personal situation. After all, the player was Tres Tinkle, his child.
“He wanted to have something distinct between father and son that maybe was going to be special. He told his sisters and mom about it and they kind of tested me out,” Wayne …