His former team, the Arizona Wildcats, may not be in the men’s Final Four this week in Dallas, but Ben Davis has plenty to be excited about.
Davis’ daughter Taya Reimer, who bears a striking resemblance to her dad, is a freshman guard for undefeated and Final Four-bound Notre Dame.
Reimer had four points, four rebounds and a blocked shot in Notre Dame’s 88-69 win over Baylor Monday night in an Elite Eight game in South Bend, Ind. The Fighting Irish are 36-0. Reimer averages 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Davis and Reimer are the only father/daughter combination to be selected McDonald’s High School All-Americans. Reimer played in the McDonald’s All-Star Game last year. Davis played in the 1991 men’s game.
Davis, who came to Arizona after stints with Kansas and Florida, is one of the best rebounders to play for Arizona. He led the Wildcats in scoring (14.6 points a game) and rebounding (9.5) as a senior in the 1995-96 season.
Only six other Wildcats matched that feat since Arizona joined the Pac-10 in 1978: Larry Demic in 1978-79, Frank Smith 1982-83, Pete Williams 1983-84, Jud Buechler 1989-90, Chris Mills 1992-93 and Derrick Williams 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Davis told the USA Today last year that his daugther “is way more skilled than I was. She is so rounded as a player. I wouldn’t say I wasn’t skilled, but not nearly at the level she is. She is a way better player than I was.”
Another talented Davis child is on the way on the basketball court. Ben Davis Jr. is a 6’6″ freshman who is a top 100 Class of 2017 prospect out of Salt Lake City.
Former Arizona player Brenda Frese has the opportunity to coach Maryland to its second Final Four on Tuesday night when the Terrapins play an Elite Eight game against host Louisville. Frese, who played for the Wildcats from 1989-1993, coached Maryland to a national title in 2006.