WATERLOO – They rousted the kid off the bench in the second quarter that night three winters ago, already half-expecting what was going to happen.
Adison Daub was a freshman, six months removed from eighth grade. Everyone in town knew him. Shoot, everyone in town had been waiting for him.
He nails a couple of threes right in the corner, DeKalb basketball coach Jon Everingham says. At that moment, you thought, theres no turning back as far as his future.
That future is now almost entirely in the rearview mirror – Daub, a 5-foot-11 first-team All-NHC guard for the Barons, begins his senior season against Northrop this week – but it turned out to be as bright as everyone figured. Nature and nurture, after all, rarely give you false readings, and Daub has both in abundance.
Basically I came out of the womb with a basketball, is how Daub puts it.
Thats not much of an exaggeration. His dad, after all, is Gary Daub, who coached girls basketball at DeKalb and had, among others, Indiana All-Star and Purdue All-American MaChelle Joseph.
Later, when Gary was coaching middle school, Adison and his brother began tagging along at practice. He was about five years old then, but it wasnt the first time hed hoisted a basketball.
My dad lived and breathed basketball, so I grew up with a basketball in my hands, Daub says. I actually played every sport you can think of growing up, but even when I was playing other sports, I always had a basketball in my hands.
And up the ladder he went, from the DeKalb County Basketball League and on into middle school, where the coaches at DeKalb watched him play and realized they were getting a kid who could fill it up.
Daub averaged 16.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2 assists last season.
We pretty much knew that it wasnt going to take long, Everingham says. Hes always been a great, great shooter, and he came in physically ready to play. It didnt take him long to blend in with the varsity guys, and then his instincts and skills just kind of took over.
For all his abilities, its Daubs durability that Everingham likes to talk about most.
In three years so far, through two separated shoulders, hes never missed a game. Thats 68 straight nights of answering the bell.
You think about ankle injuries and just hurts and nags and bruises and all that kind of stuff – he has been the most durable player that Ive ever seen, Everingham says. Ive been a head coach for seven years now and an assistant for seven before that, so in 14 years I havent anybody quite as durable as what he is.
Or as absolutely, positively in the games thrall.
For instance: Between high school and AAU ball, Daub, wholl play more point guard this winter in preparation for college, estimates hes got a basketball in his hands 50 weeks of the year.
I got the first two weeks of August off, and that was about it, he says.
Not that hes complaining.
Yeah, I start to miss it after awhile, he says.
A very short while, apparently.