Big Baby impressive at T.O.C.
6'8, 370 C Glen Davis, aka "Big Baby," was outstanding this weekend at the Tournament of Champions and made it clear he deserves consideration as one of the top players in the class of 2004.
We got our first look at "Big Baby," Saturday morning against the Hoopsters at the Dean E. Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus and came away impressed by the big fellows performance.
Davis, a standout on the gridiron at University Lab in Baton Rouge, LA, burst onto the scene earlier this spring with an MVP performance at the Adidas Texas Classic where he led Louisiana Sports Academy to the tournament championship.
Friday night, Davis poured in 23 first half points against the Long Island Panthers and finished the contest with 28 points, leading Sports Academy to a 76-70 victory to open pool play.
Saturday afternoon at the Dean Dome, Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a convincing win over the Hoopsters.
Davis is unstoppable when he gets the ball on the block. He has great hands and finishes everything around the rim. He's strong in the paint and draws an inordinate amount of fouls from overmatched foes underneath the basket and has a nice stroke from the foul line, despite missing several attempts against the Hoopsters.
Despite his enormous size, Davis runs the floor well for a player his size and is quite nimble on his feet. He's got a soft touch around the basket and takes up lots of space in the paint.
For a player comparison, think a shorter, slightly less explosive version of James Lang. Davis is not as explosive off the ground as Lang and doesn't attack the rim like the former University of Louisville recruit but he is quite effective playing below the rim, scoring at will on the block and using his big frame to ward off opponents for rebounds.
Davis told InsideCarolina.com this weekend that he's leaning towards a career on the hardwood and he'll garner plenty of offers from many of the nation's top programs this summer. Davis said he already has offers from LSU, Cincinnati, Miami (FL), UCONN, Louisville, Oklahoma and Indiana and has listed the Cards in his top five throughout the spring.
Davis, who has already posted a 19 on the ACT, will attend the Adidas ABCD camp in July to further cement his place among the top post players in his class.