Dream Comes True for Davis

For a few years now, Josh Davis has known where he wanted to attend college. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Athens Drive (NC) star has been a big fan of NC State.

For a few years now, Josh Davis has known where he wanted to attend college. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Athens Drive (NC) star has been a big fan of NC State.

"That's where I've always wanted to go," said Davis. "I've been a State fan ever since I went there in the 9th grade for a game... I fell in love with them that day. Since then I've been hoping I would have a chance to go there and play basketball."

A local standout, Davis has flown under the recruiting radar. He played last summer for the NC Gaters, but he didn't generate the type of recruiting attention he had hoped for. However, he attended NC State's Elite Camp and the Wolfpack began to monitor his progress.

"I went over to State for their Elite Camp and that's when they really started looking at me," said Davis. "Coach Monte Towe was recruiting me for NC State, and he watched me play a lot."

Checking in at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Davis had a huge senior season for Athens Drive. Playing in the Tri-Eight Conference, a league that features Auburn signee Earnest Ross and Miami signee Garrius Adams, Davis more than held his own as he averaged 25.4 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the Jaguars to a 22-6 record.

College programs such as UNC-Wilmington, Seton Hall, Charleston Southern, High Point and Old Dominion began expressing interest, along with the Wolfpack.

"I started to have a lot of colleges recruit me later into my senior season," said Davis. "I just had to be patient and keep working hard. I think several of them liked me a lot."

Davis also performed well in an all-star setting. Playing for North Carolina in the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic, Davis scored 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting and added 10 rebounds to take home MVP honors for North Carolina in the 106-82 victory over South Carolina. Joining Davis on the North Carolina squad was Adams, Ross, Wake Forest signee C.J. Harris, and Charlotte signee K.J. Sherrill among others.

"I feel like I showed what I could do in that game," said Davis. "I played well, was named MVP, and we won the game. I had a lot of fun down there in Myrtle Beach. That's also when I really heard from NC State."

Davis stated that he was verbally offered a scholarship by the Wolfpack while at the event.

"I was down at the All-Star Game and talked with them on the phone," said Davis. "The coaches told me that they wanted to see me wear the Red and White and asked if I would come by the school when I got back."

Back in Raleigh, he headed over to the Dail Center where he met with the Wofpack coaching staff and verbally committed to head coach Sidney Lowe.

"It was great," said Davis. "I was talking with all of the coaches and it was exciting that they wanted me to play for them. We spent some time together, and I gave a verbal commitment to coach Lowe.

"He was very happy that I did it. He said they feel like I can come in and compete for playing time. They like how I can defend multiple positions. I feel like I can defend shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards... even point guards if they want me to."

Recruited to play the small forward position, Davis adds energy and athleticism to the roster and with his length he could play some as a power forward if the Pack looks to go with a smaller lineup.

"I'm going to do whatever the coaches want me to do," he said. "I'll play any position they want me to play... but I think I'll mainly play small forward. I could probably play some power forward.

"My biggest weakness right now is probably the jumpshot. I need to improve that. My strength, I would probably say is that I play hard and can create some plays. I can attack the basket and draw a lot of fouls, and I can also defend pretty well."

Davis just wants to enjoy the moment. A few days ago, he had no idea where he would be playing college basketball. Now the fully qualified rising senior will be a part of NC State's 2009 recruiting class after signing his letter of intent in April's spring signing period.

"It's a dream come true for me," he stated. "I've wanted to wear the Red and White and I'll be going in there with some other great players because State already had a strong 2009 class. I can't wait to go over there and help them out."

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