Davidson is the only Kansas signee for the Ichabods of the five incoming freshman.

Four years ago, Zach Davidson didn’t even know if he would play basketball again.


Fast forward and the Augusta big man has committed to Washburn to play for the next four years.


“I wake up and am thankful for every day,” Davidson said.


During his freshman year, Davidson came down with a staph infection his right knee. It quickly spread to his femur and to the rest of his body, forcing him to be hospitalized for more than a month.


Davidson has blossomed for the Orioles, helping them to the Class 4A State Championship Game in 2019, the school’s first championship game appearance since 2001, and to the Final four in 2020. The Orioles were only one win away from a chance at another state championship but was ended short due to COVID-19.


“It was a tough ride back [from Salina],” Davidson said. “We just reminisced on the great times we had on the way back.”


Davidson was very right efficient for the Orioles his senior year. He shot 61 percent from the field. He averaged 16.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.


The gem of the senior year came when he scored 41 points against rival El Dorado on Feb. 21.


His size and strength gave the Orioles a handful of impressive performance down the stretch.


“I realized that I could help take our team to the next level,” Davidson said.


As Davidson’s production increased, the team became a lethal slew of weapons with Davidson dominating the middle. 6-8 frame gave the Orioles the size it needed to separate themselves from the rest of the league.


Davidson won 69 games in four years at Augusta, helping leave a legacy where the bar has been moved higher.


His commitment to Washbun comes as it was his only on campus visit. With COVID-19 shutting down campuses across the country for the summer, it played a large part into his decision.


“I like Coach [Brett] Ballard,” Davidson said. “They accepted me and I scrimmaged up there. They made me feel like family.”


Davidson is the only Kansas signee for the Ichabods of the five incoming freshman.


“When I saw Jonny [Clausing] at Washburn, I thought I could do the same thing as him,” Davidson said. “I had to work just as hard to get back where I was.”


Davidson chose Washburn over official offers from Southwestern College and Sterling College. He also fielded interest from Wyoming and Air Force.