CINCINNATI -- As basketball season begins, the attorney for Xavier guard Myles Davis hopes his client’s legal issues are winding down.
Clyde Bennett II said Tuesday that Davis’ case does not have a trial date. Bennett said there’s a pretrial conference Thursday where the State of Ohio will discuss a potential resolution in lieu of a trial.
Davis faces two misdemeanor criminal damaging charges related to his former girlfriend, Kiley Stoll.
The New Jersey native has been suspended indefinitely from Xavier’s program since September. He was expected to figure prominently on a Musketeers team ranked in the Top 10 of both major preseason basketball polls.
“My desire and preference is for the case to be resolved as soon as possible so that Myles can put this behind him and play basketball his last season,” Bennett said.
While he does not expect the legal issues to be completed Thursday, Bennett said a date might be set then for the resolution.
Davis has missed roughly a month of practice including a closed scrimmage against Georgia in Tennessee. Chris Mack’s team, picked to finish second in the Big East behind defending national champion Villanova, opens the season at 4 p.m. Saturday with an exhibition against Division II Ferris State at Cintas Center.
Mack said Oct. 18 that Davis still needed to clear up his legal issues but has an opportunity to rejoin the program.
Davis would add more firepower and depth to Xavier’s roster in addition to leadership skills. At the end of last season, XU coaches gave him the Connie Brown Award as the most inspirational player.
Davis averaged 10.8 points and team-best 4.1 assists and provided point guard capabilities when Edmond Sumner suffered a concussion at Villanova.
The 6-foot-2 guard finished first on the team and second in the Big East in free-throw shooting (85 percent), and was second among Musketeers in made 3-pointers (1.9 per game) and perimeter shooting accuracy (38 percent).
Bennett said Davis would love to be back with the Musketeers.
“Myles is disappointed he’s not with his team, but he’s also contemplative and trying to be a better person right now,” Bennett said.
Stoll, Davis’ ex-girlfriend, received a three-year protection order in Kenton County District Court in July that prevents Davis from being within 500 feet of her except at Xavier, where he can’t be within 10 feet of her.
The misdemeanor charges stem from two July incidents in which Davis is said to have damaged two of Stoll’s cell phones and dented her car door.