PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Rosebud makes it to the Rose City

Thursday, November 12, 2015
by Logan Smoak (@LoSmoak2)

Ty Davis has always been known for his rose tattoos, but even he received a special surprise when he became featured as the backdrop for this season’s UT Tyler men’s basketball schedule poster.

“I never really put two and two together. Rose tattoos in the Rose Capital, it kind of just worked out that way,” Davis said. “They are kind of famous now.”

Davis has the tattoos along with his mom’s name written across his chest in honor of his late mother who passed away when he was in the 8th grade and says he now plays every game in her memory.

A transfer from Howard Payne, Davis is no stranger to the ASC. He averaged 11.0 ppg and played power forward for the Jackets, but is excited to be playing for the Patriots saying this was the dream all along.

“My hometown is only 45 minutes from here, Yantis, Texas. Especially out of high school it was always a dream to come here,” Davis said. “When the opportunity came about, I jumped on it.”

Davis says the team is looking good this year with the chemistry and teamwork coming together nicely. With a lot of new guys, everyone had to have the same goal and he says they are all on the same page to take this team far.

Coach Copeland is excited for what Davis and the other seniors are bringing to the table this season saying this group is unlike any other. The talent along with vocal leadership from Davis and his teammates has been a real fire starter for the younger guys to embrace the brotherhood atmosphere that they need this season.

“Ty is a phenomenal leader. What he does best for us is he loves his teammates. He is just a likeable guy and although everyone is from such different backgrounds he does a good job of getting everyone together and is a natural leader for the younger guys,” Coach Copeland said.

When he’s not playing basketball, Ty is back home on the farm milking the cows and taking care of the land, but mentions that basketball is still his favorite thing to do. So much so that after college he wants to coach the game, saying he can’t see his life without the game.

With home games approaching, Ty and his teammates want the fans out supporting their games because they plan on bringing something to the table that is unlike anything else in Patriot basketball history.

Davis said, “This year is going to be something special. You can feel it when you’re in the gym with us, when you’re at our practices. I know that this year is going to be something that UT-Tyler has never experienced before and you’ll want to be apart of it.”

Davis and the Patriots open their season at 7 p.m. on Sunday against Texas Lutheran in Seguin and will play an exhibition against Texas State on Monday in San Marcos.