Michigan center Austin Davis, who is set to enter his fifth season with the program in 2020-21, underwent shoulder surgery on Monday afternoon at Michigan Medicine Brighton Center for Specialty Care. He is expected to recover completely from the procedure with optimism that he could be ready to return to the team in early October, which is when camp is tentatively scheduled to start.
Davis wore a protective sleeve throughout the 2019-20 campaign, which was a career year and breakout of sorts for the senior big man. After not being much of a factor in his first three years with the program, Davis flourished in a role coming off the bench for the Wolverines, averaging 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in just under 11 minutes per game.
Davis redshirted his freshman season at Michigan and sat on the bench for another two years before being unleashed this season. He was invited back for a fifth season of eligibility by head coach Juwan Howard.
His role with this next iteration of Howard’s Michigan figures to see him in a similar and potentially expanded role with the graduation of Jon Teske. The Wolverines will have Davis and a true freshman in Hunter Dickinson as a the two true centers on the roster with forward Brandon Johns also having the ability to play there. Having a healthy and recovered Davis in camp would be welcome news.