2019-20 Season

Austin Davis undergoes shoulder surgery, expected back in October

Michigan announced that fifth-year senior Austin Davis underwent shoulder surgery on Monday.

Davis is expected to fully recover from the procedure and is expected back in early October, per a Michigan release.

Davis played with a large protective sleeve on his shoulder throughout the 2019-20 season. He’s expected to recover at home before starting his rehabilitation process.

The graduate big man averaged 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 10.78 minutes per game, shooting 69.3% from the floor. He’s expected to battle for minutes at the center position on Michigan’s 2020-21 roster with incoming freshman Hunter Dickinson and junior power forward Brandon Johns Jr.

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  1. BP3

    This makes it even more of an eyebrow raiser to me that Davis has returned now. He’s going to miss all of summer working out, and he really needed that summer because he was already a plodder as is. By the time he gets cleared he will be way behind the 8 ball. Even if he was brought back to mainly be a voice in the locker room, the depth at the center spot is pretty thin.

  2. umhoops

    I’m pretty sure that everyone is going to miss all summer of working out, at least as a team.

    And no matter how much Davis works out, I’m not sure he’s really going to change his physical profile. His lateral quickness will be an issue when he’s on the court.

  3. Mattski

    Speculating based on still-limited data, but there are some indications that Juwan is placing relationships and commitment above winning here in the early going; I like that. And if Austin makes a leap proportional to the one he made last year, I think he’ll be a very productive role player.

    In fact, with Castleton unproductive last year and gone this, we are going to need Austin, no?

  4. RedsMaizeandBlue

    Yeah, if you’re going to miss out on a summer due to rehab, this is the one to miss. Hope he can make a speedy recovery!

  5. IanLemersal

    I don’t think this surgery is a problem for Austin. Not like he was gonna get a ton better this summer anyways, I think he’s had enough time to develop to the point where we know what he is. Plus there won’t exactly be a lot of team practicing this summer anyways.

    With Dickinson and Johns as other (and probably better) options at the 5 we should be fine anyways. And who knows, maybe Davis’ nagging shoulder gets healed and he plays a little better. Either way it’s not a negative

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