TSU Athletics to Retire Granger and Davis Number

Houston, TX - - Texas Southern University officials announced they will retire the jerseys of former basketball standouts Gaylord Davis and Kevin Granger, during halftime of the men's basketball game against Alabama State, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 23 in the H&PE Arena.

Both Davis and Granger wore the same jersey (#10) during their basketball careers at TSU. Davis, a former Houston Wheatley All-State guard was the first TSU basketball signee to play in the Texas Coaches All-Star Basketball game. As a four-year starter for the Tigers (1972-76), Davis was the third leading scorer in TSU history with 2,081 points. The Houston native was chosen as TSU's Most Outstanding Player once and was presented the Top Free Shooter four times at the TSU Annual Athletic Awards Banquet. He also was named the Team Most Valuable Player during his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Davis is currently the career leader in assists (525) and holds the single
season assist record (177). In his senior season, Davis led the SWAC in free throw percentage (.857) and ranked eighth in the SWAC in field goal percentage (.550).

Davis was named to the NAIA District VII first team and was a second team All-SWAC selection in 1975-76. He made honorable mention NAIA All-American his freshman and sophomore years. Davis was also a member of the 1976 TSU basketball team that finished 23-10, advancing to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.

Davis is married to the former TSU cheerleader Rachel Thomas. The couple have two godchildren, Velencia (18) and Raymond (16).

As a four-year starter for the Tigers, Kevin Granger reaped Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year (1993), SWAC Tournament MVP (1994), First Team All-Conference and Black College All-American Honors (1995 & 1996). He led the nation in scoring his senior season and finished his career as one of the leading scorers in TSU history. He also is among the leaders in assists (467) and steals (146). Granger also ranks fifteenth in rebounding (452).

After an outstanding four-year career at Texas Southern, Granger spent three seasons playing professional basketball in Italy, Cyprus, and Argentina. He was selected by the Quad City Thunder in the 4th round (#40 pick overall) of the 1996 Continental Association Basketball Draft.

The Scooba, Mississippi native graduated from Kemper County High School, where he earned First Team All-District, First Team All-State and All-America honors after leading Kemper County to the 3-A State Championship. Granger received his BS Degree in business on August 2000.

Granger and his wife, Tracy (who was also a Texas Southern cheerleader), have one child, Kevin Jr (4).