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Ralph Davis, Jr., a star guard who earned All-American recognition in 1960 and played for University of Cincinnati Bearcats teams that reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four at the conclusion of the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons, died Sunday at age 82, according to his family.

Davis also played one season for the Cincinnati Royals in 1960-61. He later lived in Reading.

Davis averaged 5.4 points per game in 73 games for the Royals, which selected him in the third round of the 1960 NBA Draft. He also played one season for the NBA's expansion Chicago Packers in 1961.

Ralph E. Davis Jr. (September 7, 1938 – May 30, 2021) was an American professional basketball player who played two seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was a starter on two NCAA Final Four teams at the University of Cincinnati.

1 Early life
2 College career
3 NBA career
4 Personal life
5 References
Early life
Davis was born in Vanceburg, Kentucky, the son of Ralph E. Davis Sr., a self-employed businessman, and Anna Louis (Plummer) Davis.[1] He played basketball at Lewis County High School in Vanceburg. He scored 1,810 points for the Lions and averaged 26.4 points and 18 rebounds per game as a senior.[2] He was an all-district selection for three years. As a senior in 1956 he was named second team all-state by Louisville Courier-Journal as he led the Lions to the Eastern Kentucky Conference title.[3] He was also an honor student.[4]

College career
Davis attended the University of Cincinnati, where he was a three-year starter for the Bearcats and coach George Smith.

As a sophomore in 1957–58, he averaged 7.9 points per game as the Bearcats posted a 25-1 record and won the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) title[5] led by fellow sophomore and future Hall-of-Famer forward Oscar Robertson and future longtime NBA player Connie Dierking.[5]

As a junior in 1958–59, Davis started at point guard alongside Carl Bouldin and averaged 15.5 points (second to Robertson), 4.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds as the Bearcats were again MVC champions and Davis was named All-MVC. The 26-4 Bearcats advanced to the NCAA Final Four, where they finished in third place.[5]

As a senior in 1959–60, Davis posted averages of 13.7 points (again second to Robertson), 4.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent from the field as again the Bearcats won the league crown. Davis was named All-MVC[5][6] and was also named second-team All-American by Converse. The Bearcats went 28-2, again advancing to the Final Four and again finishing third.[5]

Davis' 1,093 career points ranked sixth in Cincinnati history upon his graduation in 1960.[5]

NBA career
Davis was drafted in the third round (17th overall) of the 1960 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals.[7]

As a rookie in 1960–61, he played in 73 games, averaged 16.6 minutes, 2.4 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game as a reserve guard for the 33-46 Royals.[7]

On April 26, 1961 he was drafted by the Chicago Packers in the NBA expansion draft. For the 1961–62 season, in 77 games Davis' playing time increased to nearly 26 minutes per game as he posted career-high averages of 10.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game[7] for the 18-62 expansion team.[8] In November 1961, the Packers had traded Davis to the St. Louis Hawks in a multi-player deal,[9][10] but the trade was rescinded by NBA Commissioner Maurice Podoloff.[11]

In 1962 he was officially traded to the St. Louis Hawks, but he did not play and his NBA career ended after two seasons.[7]

Personal life
In 1981, Davis was inducted into the University of Cincinnati Athletics Hall of Fame.[12] In 1998, he was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame. In December 2010,[13] Lewis County High School held a ceremony to retire Davis' number.[4]

Davis died on May 30, 2021 at age 82.[14]
What a three year run. We’re desperate for one of those seasons.[/i]
Prayers to the family.
Seems like a key piece to a lot of good teams and I never heard much about him.
(06-05-2021 08:08 PM)Bearcatbdub Wrote: [ -> ]Seems like a key piece to a lot of good teams and I never heard much about him.
Ralph was very good at what he did, which was get the ball to Oscar.
Top 50 list:

36. Ralph Davis, 1957-60

In three seasons as Oscar Robertson’s backcourt partner, Ralph Davis made three Final Fours. Davis was no slouch in his own right, averaging as many as 15.5 points a game as a Bearcat.

Drafted by the hometown Cincinnati Royals (now the Kings), Davis lasted just one season with them.

He was more effective the next year with the expansion Chicago Packers (now the Wizards), but despite his 10.4 points and 3.2 assists per game he never played in the NBA after that season.
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