Davenport and Wright Return from European Tour

Davenport and Wright Return from European Tour

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.- Although he wasn't wearing the brown and white of St. Bonaventure, men's basketball player Michael Davenport made a healthy return to game action during a European summer collegiate tour earlier this month.

Davenport and Bonnies' teammate Matthew Wright helped lead the Global Sports Academy Select/All-Star team to a 5-0 record during the team's nine-day excursion through Belgium and France.

The trip was especially beneficial to Davenport, who missed most of the 2011-2012 season after suffering a shoulder injury in December. The redshirt senior guard used the tour as a stage to reacquaint himself to the speed and contact of game action.

"Individually, I think my mindset was a lot different from the other nine guys I played with because it was basically my first time being in an up-and-down situation since the game I got hurt," Davenport said. "Once everything got going, I started feeling more comfortable with everything and feeling more confident. From an individual standpoint, I believe I played at a very high level."
Davenport estimated that he averaged 10 points a game for the Global Sports Academy (GSA) team, which also featured players from Villanova, the University of Pennsylvania, Westchester University (Pa., Division II),  Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Division II) and Clarkson University (N.Y., Division II).

"My shoulder held up very well," said Davenport, who averaged 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds over eight games for the Bonnies in 2011-12. "I took a couple bumps, fell on the ground and got a couple dunks. It was very good. I believe that this experience was a confidence booster to the highest degree."

Davenport said that he and Wright were among the most consistent players for the GSA team, which produced five wins against Belgium squads. Wright, a junior guard who averaged 6.8 points per game and led the Bonnies with 40 3-pointers last season, will enter the 2012-13 season as St. Bonaventure's second-leading returning scorer behind Demetrius Conger.

Members of the GSA team were stationed in Brussels from Aug. 2-10. They explored various notable locales around the country and also visited Paris one day during the trip.

"It was a good experience just to see what life is like over there," Davenport said. "I was just taking it all in. If I could do it again, I'd do it again. It was a very well-rounded experience off the court."

The reigning Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Bonnies host Mansfield in an exhibition on Nov. 3 before opening the regular season against Bethune-Cookman at the Reilly Center on Nov. 9.

Season tickets, including renewals, are now available, while single-game tickets may be purchased starting Oct. 14. More information regarding ticket pricing and packaging will be available at a later date, but additional inquiries may be directed to Melissa Curran via email at mcurran@sbu.edu or by phone at 716-375-2500.

Those interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2012-13 season may contact Aaron Hill, director of sales and marketing, via email at ahill@sbu.edu or by phone at 716-375-2086.