Hometown: Detroit, MI
College: University of Dayton
NBA Experience: 38 years (10 as a player, 3 as a front office executive and over 25 years coaching)
NBA Champion: Portland Trail Blazers (1976-77)
Two-Time NBA Head Coach
Only Detroit Public School League Player to serve as a head coach in the N.B.A.
Most people never understand that if you are not running towards success you are running away from it.
Future pros square off at Detroit’s “Basketball Mecca” St. Ceclia Church
A Detroit native, Johnny grew up in the famed inner-city Brewster-Douglass projects. He attended high school at Murray-Wright and was coached by the Legendary George “Baby” Duncan and Paul Dean. Earning his reputation as one of the finest guards in the Detroit area, Davis honed his skills at Detroit’s “Basketball Mecca” St. Ceclia Church. He squared off against a long list of future pros that included: George “Ice Man” Gervin, Danny Roundfield, James McElroy, Eric Money, Robert “Bubbles” Hawkins, Terry Duerod, Terry Tyler, John Long, Earl Cureton, Bob “Big Bird” Elliott, Tom LaGarde, Tony Robertson, and many others. After an All-City, All-State, and All-American high school career Davis was voted as one of the top 10 players of all times in the Detroit Public school league and was recruited by over 350 major basketball schools in the country.
Pan American Games and Intercontinental Cup Team win Gold Medals; Inducted into University of Dayton’s Hall of Fame
Electing to stay close to home, Davis chose the University of Dayton in Ohio where he led the Flyers in scoring for 3 consecutive years. In 1975, Davis was selected as a member of the Men’s Basketball Team in the Pan American Games and Intercontinental Cup Team, both of which won Gold Medals. Davis was inducted into the University of Dayton’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and was voted to the University’s All Century Team. Concluding his playing career at Dayton, Davis scored 1,562 points in just 3 years and ranks as 16th on the All-Time Scoring List.