Beyond the game: Wes Davis, senior guard

Assistant Sports Editor

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks earned their 12th win of the season over Southern Methodist University during the 2007 SMU Holiday Classic with over 2,400 people watching.

Despite the large crowd, Preston Davis was concerned about only one person—Wes, his younger brother.

“Just to see the look on his face,” Preston said. “We actually won that game, and just for him to see the school that was considered the smallest school to play SMU come in and win.”

Growing up, Wes Davis, senior guard, largely followed the example his brother set.

Preston led and Wes followed both in conditioning and playing basketball in the driveway.

Wes had no idea he would be following in his brother’s footsteps once again with college basketball.

“I never thought, myself, that I would actually play for (Coach Danny Kaspar),” Davis said. “I used to go to (Preston’s) games his freshman and sophomore year while he was up at SFA. I liked the things I saw from Kaspar.”

The Lumberjacks finished back-to-back seasons with at least 24 wins each while Preston was at Stephen F. Austin.

Success under Kaspar seemed to Wes to be a direct effect of the coach’s presence.

Kaspar’s winning nature did not immediately follow when he moved to Texas State in 2013. Texas State won eight of 31 games, finishing last in the Sun Belt Conference.

Wes realized the players’ obedience to Kaspar’s teachings, rather than his presence, made the difference.

As a result, it was not until the 2014-2015 season, Wes learned the benefit of “buying in(to)” Kaspar’s disciplined method

“If you play on his team, he’s going to make you work hard, but he’s going to bring success to you,” Wes said.

Wes’ adjustment to Kaspar’s coaching style was gradual. Wes shared a photo of his bandaged leg with ice on Twitter shortly after Kaspar arrived at Texas State. The caption read, “I never get treatment!! but these Kaspar workouts killin me.”

“If you let him, he’ll be lazy, which is what I saw a lot of when I got here,” Kaspar said. “Wes is a talented individual. He’s smart. He’s athletic. I’ve told him, ‘You’re a good-looking, well-spoken, intelligent African American male, and a lot of companies would like to hire someone like that, so don’t blow it.’”

Wes is second all-time in Texas State history for steals with 164, but Preston did not enjoy the same amount of success under Kaspar at Stephen F. Austin.  

Preston decided to part ways with the Lumberjacks’ basketball program after two years of playing for Kaspar. Preston received a scholarship at Abilene Christian with the help of Kaspar and his coaching staff.

“Seeing him succeed through AAU and high school and college, I was always glad to see that he was getting better because he was playing against me or watching me,” Preston said. “It was never a jealousy thing because he was kind of like my little protégé. I’m always proud of him.”

Preston realized the correlation between discipline and success after transferring to Abilene Christian. Preston believes Wes will benefit from Kaspar’s high standard for discipline.

“The mentality that (Kaspar) brings to a team definitely kind of trickles down from him to the assistant coaches to the players,” Preston said. “At the other schools I went to, our program wasn’t as disciplined as Kaspar’s program. Kaspar understands how disciplined you have to be to be successful.”

Preston learned from playing at Stephen F. Austin that Kaspar’s lessons apply beyond the basketball court.

“He’s coaching for basketball, but he’s also coaching for life lessons in general,” Preston said.

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