Road to Birmingham, part III

MOBILE --- Chuck Davis is the consummate team player. Just ask his coach. <br><br>"He has really sacrificed his game," said Southside high school coach Frankie Peoples of his senior star. He could probably score 30 points a game. My hats off to Chuck."

Thing is, Davis, a 6-8, 230 pound Tide hoops signee, still had pretty good stats while managing to involve his teammates. Davis closed his senior campaign with a loss to Blount in the Southwest Regional in Mobile, a campaign that saw him average just over 20 points and 11 rebounds per contest.

In the game we scouted, Davis and his Panthers beat B.C. Rain in the regional semifinal. To the categories:

TOP PROSPECT: That would be Davis, who battled foul trouble but still came up with eight blocks in the game, including a pair in the final :30 to preserve his team's win. Davis showed size, good low post power moves, deft passing, the ability to run the floor, and an outside shooting touch that will come in handy at the Capstone

"I'm an inside-out player," said Davis of his game. "In high school I want to be down in the low post. In college, I'll do both."

Both would be shooting the jumper and posting up down low. Davis has shown the ability to hit the three in the past. Said one opposing high school coach: "He's the best post player in the state. You know he's going to get loose pretty soon."

RUNNERUP: 6-4 Jeff Busky of B.C. Rain made a name for himself last summer when he subbed for no-show Kennedy Winston at the AHSAA's summer North-South game and got the MVP award. Busky is lean, athletic, and has the ability to drive to the hoop or beat you from the outside. At this time, he is unsigned. Busky would like to be a "package deal" with 6-0 fellow senior John Hickenbottom, a quick ball-handler and good passer. Anyone interested in this athletic pair should contact Rain coach Marion Dunn.

UNDERCLASS UPDATE: Junior guard Randle Burno of Rain showed the ability to score in a variety of ways. Like most Mobile players, he's athletic and knows the game.

6-1 junior guard Nelson Watters of Southside is plenty athletic, but his specialty is the outside game. He drilled seven in the game we saw, barely missing a couple, too. He'll be heard from at the next level.

HOW 'BOUT THEM BURGERS: Yes, we're back to old reliable in the food category here. While in downtown Mobile, site of the Southwest Regional, we decided to try a burger at a local sports bar. Hero's Sports Bar and Grill on historic Dauphin St. proved to be a good choice We special ordered a burger cooked medium with both mushrooms and bacon. The operative word? Yum. Cooked to order and char-grilled like we like 'em, the addition of the beer-battered onion rings only made things better. The sweet team was surprisingly tasty for a pub, too.

NEXT: The Road To Birmingham concludes in... you guessed it... Birmingham. We checked out football signee Juwan Garth and his Austin Black Bears along with Bama womens' hoops signee Kate Mastin of Boaz.

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