"I know everything is legit now, and I feel great," Larry Davis told Pack Pride. "There are no doubts about it anymore. It's a load off my back because now I can just concentrate on the season. I want to represent NC State."
Davis committed to NC State in June, after taking his official visit to Raleigh. The 6-foot-3 guard had narrowed his list to the Wolfpack, Villanova, and Pittsburgh, but he found all he was looking for on that first trip.
"To me, I just felt wanted," Davis said. "I wanted to play in warm weather, and I really fit in with the players, guys like Gavin Grant and Cedric Simmons. I also had a good relationship with the coaches.
"The biggest thing was when I went on my visit, I felt a lot of love. It was great to be down there."
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 high 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.
As a junior, Davis averaged 14 points in leading Christ The King to a 24-3 record. He was the lone member of the Class of 2006 to be named all-city in New York. This year, he headlines a talented, but young, cast of players and believes they have what it takes to win the state championship.
"I think we are going to take the New York state 'ship this year," Davis said. "We have some young guys who are going to be good, and I'm going to be their senior leader."
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Davis's next trip to Raleigh will be in December. Christ The King is scheduled to play in the 2005 Glaxo Invitational, held annually in Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus.
"I can't wait to play down there in front of some NC State fans," he said. "I'm going to be there my next four years, and I just want to make a good impression. I want them to be happy with how I play and the style I play."
Like with his upcoming season, Davis also has high hopes for NC State. With four returning starters, most have the Wolfpack labeled a potential contender for the ACC title.
"They should have a big-time season," he said. "I think Gavin Grant and Cedric Simmons are going to have big years. I've been talking to Gavin, and he said he's doing great. Coach Sendek is talking about he's happy with the progress, and Brandon Costner and Courtney Fells are good pickups for us."
Considered the No. 79 player in the country and the No. 16 shooting guard according to Scout.com, Davis is a versatile prospect. He believes he can help the Wolfpack at different positions, but as a freshman he wants to find his role and simply fit in.
"They want me to play the point guard, the two guard, and if I grow a couple of more inches I might play the three," Davis said. "I'm going to just fit in as a freshman. I just have to pick and choose my spots and play within the team.
"My first objective is to get the senior players going and then fit in behind them. I'll find my role and wait my turn. If my turn is my freshman year then I'll do what I have to do."
Davis is also ready to play for Wolfpack head coach Herb Sendek. Entering his 10th season at NC State, Sendek has built a solid program and continues to land the necessary talent to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Coach Sendek is a great guy," Davis said. "He told me that it's all sweet now, but when I get there it is going to be rough. That's what you have to deal with, but it's going to make you better.
"I'm just ready for the challenge at NC State."