James Davis leads North High to state title

James Davis had 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead North High past Osseo for the Class 4A Minnesota state championship last weekend. North High Coach Brett McNeil spoke with ITV about the game and Davis' recruitment.

Davis leads North to state title in 2 OT

7'0 James Davis led Minneapolis North High School to the Class 4A Minnesota state championship last weekend with an 82-73 double overtime victory against Osseo.

"He had a great game," North Head Coach Brett McNeil told Inside theVille on Wednesday.

Davis scored 28 points and pulled down 18 rebounds in the title game.  And Davis was huge down the stretch, scoring 13 points in the overtimes to carry North to its first title since 1997.  In the second OT, Davis scored 2two baskets in the paint and completed a key three point play to ensure the win.

"I just do what the coach tells me to," Davis told the Star Tribune. "He was telling the guys to get me the ball and for me to put it in so I was just doing what I was told."

And Davis felt great after winning the state championship in his only season playing for the North High team.

"Wow man, what a great game," Davis said. "It's the best feeling ever to win a state championship."

Davis averaged 18 points and 17 rebounds on the season.

Davis, a relative of former UofL great Junior Bridgeman, will soon make his college choice.  And the Cards will be right there when the time comes.

"Louisville's close to his heart," McNeil told ITV. 

We'll soon find out if Davis is in the Cards.

Other state tournament games

North defeated top ranked Minneapolis Hopkins and Duke signee Kris Humphries in the semifinals, 70-57.

North defeated Rochester John Marshall and 6'11 Oklahoma bound forward Longar Longar in the quarterfinals of the state tournament, 56-41.  Davis scored 11 points despite foul trouble.

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