Slam Dunk Challenge Highlights: Josh Davis

APEX, N.C. -- NC State signee Josh Davis was one of the participants in the 2009 Triangle All-Stars Slam Dunk Challenge where he advanced to the finals. Here's your chance to catch the Raleigh (NC) Athens Drive standout in action!

Name: Josh Davis
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
High School: Athens Drive High School
Position: Forward
Vitals: 6'6/210/25 PPG

Notes: NC State signee Josh Davis was one of the participants in the 2009 Triangle All-Stars Slam Dunk Challenge and was able to advance to the finals. Proceeds for the event were used to support the local Special Olympics.

Other participants in the event included Miami signee Garrius Adams and Auburn signee Earnest Ross. Ross, who played his high school ball at Mooresville (NC) Panther Creek High School, won the event with Davis coming in second place.

Davis signed with NC State in the spring signing period after committing a few weeks earlier to the Wolfpack.

After averaging 17 points a game as a junior, Davis took his game, and team, to another level this season. He led Athens Drive to a 22-6 record while averaging 25 points and 10 boards a game. According to Athens Drive head coach Robert Clemons, he was their workhorse and go-to player.

"He did a lot of things for us," said coach Clemons. "He scored for us... that was big. We needed him scoring. He also rebounds the ball and he defends.

"He always takes the other team's best offensive player, and he's a shutdown defensive guy. He was for us. He does a lot of things well."

Player Quote: "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." -- Josh Davis

Coach Quote: "I never thought about it until here recently, but one of my assistants mentioned to me that Josh is very similar to the kid NC State had a few years ago, [Marcus] Melvin. Josh is a lefty who makes plays on both ends of the floor. I don't think he's as tall as Melvin right now, but he's still growing.

"He's 6'6, almost 6'7, and I think he's still growing. He grew an inch or so from last year, and he's a young 18-year old. He just turned 18... played most of his senior year at 17, so I think he still has some growing to do and can continue to grow physically.

"He's a great kid. He's going to take his work habits with him to the next level. His will to work hard... his character. He's going to add some character to NC State." -- Athens Drive Head Coach Robert Clemons

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