Whiteland center makes most of opportunities

The “j” in the first name of the leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker for Whiteland’s boys basketball team is noticeably silent.

This is because Dejan, a popular male name in Bosnia-Herzegovina, birthplace of Dejan Davis’ mother, Vera, is pronounced Day-en.

Not to worry. Hard work has placed a fairly dependable “J” in the 6-foot-5 senior’s offensive repertoire. Even as the Warriors’ starting center, Davis this season has stepped back to deliver on 3 of 6 3-point attempts, including a pair of baseline all-netters in last week’s 51-47 semifinal loss to Center Grove at the Johnson County Tournament.

“The real plus with Dejan is he’s been versatile for us. He’s been able to stretch defenses with that 10- to 15-foot jump shot,” said Warriors coach Matt Wadsworth, whose squad hosts county rival Franklin tonight in a critical Mid-State Conference showdown.

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