BOYS BASKETBALL | Player of the Year

Andrean's Davidson ends career as one of 59ers' best ever

2013-03-28T22:00:00Z 2014-04-05T23:19:19Z Andrean's Davidson ends career as one of 59ers' best everSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
March 28, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | The resume is impeccable. The numbers are insane.

But that isn't what made the career of Andrean's Nick Davidson so impressive, said 59ers coach Carson Cunningham.

It's more. Much more.

"Nick is the kind of kid who would score 25 points against a great team with five assists and five rebounds and he'd come into practice the next day and say this," Cunningham said. "Hey'd say, 'Hey coach, I got 100 on my chemistry exam and Mrs. (Helen) Giorgio is a great teacher.'"

Davidson scored over 1,600 points, grabbing over 500 rebounds and dishing out more than 400 assists in starting all 99 games of his high school career.

He led Andrean to four sectional titles and this March the 'Niners finally won at the Class 3A Plymouth Regional and lost in overtime to Fort Wayne Concordia in the semistate.

Davidson is The Times Player of the Year for the 2012-13 boys basketball season.

"When I was a freshman I kept my head down and if someone told me to do something, I did it," Davidson said. "We had five or six seniors and they taught me about varsity basketball, one elbow at a time.

"My freshman year people told me to enjoy it because it goes by so quickly. They were right. I can't believe I'm putting on my Andrean jersey one last time."

Next year the 6-foot-4 guard will put on the jersey of the Valparaiso Crusaders. He is hoping to put on an Indiana All-Star jersey this summer.

Many did not realize how big Andrean's regional win was. No Lake County team had ever won a regional at Plymouth. And the 59ers were up 11 in the second half and had a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter before the host team hit a 3 and forced overtime.

Davidson and his teammates would not let history repeat itself.

"Before that game I told myself that if we didn't win a regional in my career there would be an asterisk by my career. Especially with us having four chances. They made that run like I knew they would." he said.

"But I knew we were going to win that game. I knew we were the better team."

Cunningham, who was The Times Player of the Year in 1996, said Davidson played his best against the best teams. He averaged 25 against the top eight teams on Andrean's schedule.

He scored 28 against 2A state champion Bowman.

"Beyond the numbers, who are jaw-dropping, you have to look at a very resilient and competitive young man, You go through ups and downs in every season but you have to have your team leader respond with a positive attitude.

"Nick reset the standard at Andrean. He provided the model for all the other kids who are going to come here."

Davidson's faith is very strong. He made the sign of the cross before every game. During his junior year he had an EKG because of heart issues. For two weeks he wasn't sure if he'd ever be able to play basketball again.

He was cleared.

Bryce Drew is one reason Davidson wants to be a Crusader. But also, Valpo has a program where students go to Africa to help young children. Davidson can't wait to sign up for that.

"My heart issue really drew me closer to God," he said. "I thank him for allowing me to have another chance to play basketball. God is a big part of my life.

"I have no plans of playing basketball beyond college. I want to prepare myself so I can help others in my life."

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