Davis Making Progress


The Boiling Point: 2012 recruit Raphael Davis is making progress after his injury.

2012 Purdue basketball commit Raphael Davis is making progress in his recovery from a knee injury the Lafayette Journal and Courier reports. With Purdue seemingly attracting ACL tears to their athletes, Davis got lucky with only having to have his knee scoped in April. He was cleared for full contact June 1 and was able to play in the north part of the Indiana JR/SR All-Star game. He only got 6 minutes of playing time though in a game where everyone is supposed to play.

"“At first, I didn’t even know that it was torn,” Davis said. “My knee was swelling up. I guess I must have twisted it wrong.“The next week in St. Louis, it really started swelling up. After that, I went to the doctor and got an MRI. I’m much better right now … almost 100 percent."

One thing Davis doesn’t seem to lack is confidence. At the NBA top 100 camp this week he will be on a team with Purdue 2012 recruiting target, Gary Harris. Ronnie Johnson was also invited though he was placed on a different team.

"“We should do real well,” Davis said. “We should be well-rounded. We should be able to get all of the pieces into place.“We’re still trying to add Gary Harris and A.J. Hammons. We can win a lot of games and make a push for the Final Four.”"

Let’s hope he is in Harris’ ear all four days of the camp. Little known fact: Davis, Johnson, and Harris all played together on a middle school team. Davis also seems to have the mentality of what it takes to play for Purdue coach Matt Painter. He already has the size of a college player and that will only help with the defense that Painter demands of his players. Davis is also smart, earning a 3.8 GPA through his junior year.

"“This year, I played harder all together. I’m looking forward to playing for coach Painter. He is a good guy. He is a great coach and an all-around great person. I’m looking forward to progressing as a player.”"

Check back with The Boiling Points to see how Davis, Johnson, and Harris performed at the NBA Top 100 camp.