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Davis on winning Illini MVP: ‘It’s awesome’

Mike Davis was a late after-thought to the Illinois 2007 recruiting class, but he leaves Champaign as the team’s most valuable player, as voted by the Illini players.

 “It’s awesome,” said Davis after receiving the MVP award at the Illini’s season-ending banquet at the Holiday Inn in Urbana. “To have the respect of my teammates, to know my teammates look up to me and respect my game and respect what I do everyday in practice. It’s a great honor.”

Davis was the Illini’s second-leading scorer with 12.5 points per game, behind Demetri McCamey (14.6), and led Illinois with 7.1 rebounds. Davis was the most consistent performer for an inconsistent team, especially down the stretch. Davis averaged 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds over the last 14 games.

Weber convinced the 6-foot-9 forward from Virginia to skip a year at prep school and move to the Midwest. The gamble proved worthwhile for both sides. Davis finishes his career ranked second on the school’s all-time rebound list with 909 and his 1,279 points are the 22nd most in program history.

Illini awards
Team MVP – Mike Davis

Rebounder Award – Mike Davis

Ralf Woods free throw award (best percentage in Big Ten play) – Brandon Paul

Orange Krush Three-Point Award – Demetri McCamey

Lou Henson Courage Award (most charges) – Mike Tisdale

Kenny Battle Inspirational Player award – Bill Cole

Most Improved Player award – Crandall Head

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