'Mr. Clutch' Leads Team Odom To IS8 Title

Queens (NY) Christ The King combo guard Larry Davis was outstanding this weekend, as he led Team Odom to the IS8 Tournament title.

"We played great together," Larry Davis said of Team Odom's tournament run. "We were the underdogs in every game we played, and we just overcame all of that to win it.

"Last year we made the championship and lost by 50 points to the Panthers. This year we played them in the semifinals and controlled the whole game. That was like the championship to us, and we came back and won it. I had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists in that game.

"After that game we felt great, but today we knew it would come down to good guard play to win the game. I had 21 points and 15 rebounds. I got Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. They call me 'Mr. Clutch' for how I played in the IS8."

Davis and Team Odom defeated the Bingo All-Stars for the championship title. Bingo featured talented '07 point guard prospect Corey Fisher and Louisville commitment Edgar Sosa. Going into the game, Davis knew to win the championship they had to contain Fisher and Sosa.

"They were hitting over 30 each on other teams, but we stopped them," he said. "Malik Boothe, our junior point guard at Christ The King, guarded Corey, and I had Edgar. We held them to like 21 and 19, and that was with them taking all the shots for their team. They probably shot around 30 shots each it seemed."

Combo Guard Larry Davis

Davis, who is considered one of the top three senior prospects in New York, enters his final high school season as the star player at Christ The King.

Christ The King High School is one of the best prep programs in the country, and under head coach Bob Oliva there have been several future NBA standouts play at the Queens, New York school. Former Royals stars Erick Barkley, Derrick Phelps, Speedy Claxton, Omar Cook, Jayson Williams, and Khalid Reeves all reached the NBA out of Christ The King.

Davis is confident about his role and the upcoming season.

"I believe I was the go-to guy last year, but we had a bunch of seniors," he said. "I think I can do a lot with the ball, and it's going to be easier this year. I believe we are going to take the 'ship' because we have a strong junior cast and good senior players. There are no jealous parties in our environment."

The four-star prospect, who contacts the NC State coaching staff weekly to update them on his progress and play, is already looking forward to the 2005 Glaxo Invitational. Christ The King is scheduled to play in the tournament held annually in Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus. What is Davis expecting? To put on a show for those Wolfpack fans in attendance.

"All the State coaches said they can't wait for me to get down there because the fans are going to be ecstatic," he said. "I can't wait to put on a performance for the fans I'm going to play in front of the next four years."

He will be able to sign his letter of intent on November 9th, the first day of the early signing period, and Davis is as happy now about his decision to play at NC State as he was when he announced his choice in June.

"I can't wait to sign," he said. "As soon as I do then it's over. As soon as that happens it is going to be the best day of my life.

"I have no regrets about choosing NC State. It's the perfect situation for me, and I want to come in and try to help the team in any way that I can."

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