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Bryan Cooney
Treasure Coast Newspapers

Martin County senior basketball star Ryan Davis was voted Florida Dairy Farmers 6A Player of the Year after leading the Tigers to a state championship and a 27-4 record in his final season.

Davis in the initial voting for the award finished as the runner-up behind Edgewater's Jaylen Smith but after an error in the statistics listed for Smith was found, a re-vote was cast and Davis came away as the winner with Isaac Celiscar from Winter Haven finishing as the runner-up.

Martin County's Ryan Davis goes for layup as Dillard defends in a Region 4-6A quarterfinal boys basketball game Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Martin County High School. Martin County won 49-38.

It is the second honor for the Tiger program, with head coach John Leon getting the nod for 6A Coach of the Year. The overall player of the year and coach of the year for the state will be released on April 4.

For his senior season, Davis averaged 15.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists a game and scored in double figures in all but one game he played in.

Missing three weeks with an ankle injury early in the season, Davis played his best ball in the postseason as a stat-stuffer but also providing leadership in big moments late in games.

In the five playoff games on the way to the school’s first state title since 1979, Davis averaged 15.6 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Headed to Nova Southeastern, who was the No. 1-ranked program in Division II most of the season before reaching the Elite 8 in the national tournament, Davis was thrilled to hear that his hard work was rewarded despite not having gaudier numbers than other players.

"It feels great," Davis said. "I honestly didn’t think I would get it this year. My numbers weren’t as big and I figured the award was an individual stats kind of thing but I know with what we did as a team going farther, I think that’s why (I won)."

It’s an honor to add to the collection for Davis in his high school career after being named TCPalm’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year as a junior with more honors to come with the All-Area teams for winter sports to be revealed next week.

Davis is still on a high from what his team was able to accomplish bringing the fourth state title to Martin County and knowing that his name along with his teammates will be forever remembered at the school for what they achieved.

For his entire career, being a team-first player has led to his success and opportunity to play at the next level. Davis on the inside however always believed his drive to get better placed him as one of Florida's top players and is happy to see his efforts be recognized.

"I've always thought I was one of the top players in the state so I just wanted to keep showing people what I can do and that I can compete with anybody," Davis said. "Getting this award kind of shows it."