Davis signs with North Greenville

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Staff photo by Bill Bengtson North Augusta High School basketball standout Christian Davis, seated with his parents, Steve and Cheryl, marks a major moment Friday afternoon at the high school, confirming his plans to attend North Greenville University on an athletic scholarship. Standing are Christian’s sister, Kayla Martin; her husband, Michael Martin; and Christian’s younger brother, Cameron.

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North Augusta’s Christian Davis has a new home to continue his basketball career – North Greenville University.


Davis, who signed with the school Friday, chose it over Newberry College. Davis said he ultimately chose the Crusaders because it was a better fit for his skill set.


“I felt like North Greenville was a better fit, with the community and the school,” he said. “Newberry was one of my tops, they were the other school I looked at, but I ended up going with North Greenville. The environment and surroundings that North Greenville has attracted me to it. There’s a lot of positive stuff about North Greenville that I like. It’s an amazing school, the campus is beautiful in the mountains and it’s not too far, but far enough, to be away from home. I felt like they really wanted me and they had a lot of confidence in me. I felt like that was the place to be.”


A member of back-to-back region-winning teams, Davis is going to be tough to replace, said North Augusta head coach Al Young.


“He’s been everything for us,” Young said. “He played well defensively, he’s shot the ball well, he’s been a great leader and he’s a great kid. Off the court, he’s carried himself like a gentleman; those are the kinds of athletes you want in your program – the ones who take care of the classroom and are good examples around school along with playing well on the basketball court.”


According to Young, having a player like Davis shows other students what hard work can do.


“It means a lot for Christian, he’s a kid that came into our program and worked really hard. He was able reap the benefits from that,” Young said. “I think that if kids look back on him and the way he’s come through the program with the work he’s done and now he’s being rewarded for that work. It’s good for us, but it’s especially good for him because he’s worked so hard and done so well. I’m so happy for him.”


During his senior season at North Augusta, Davis played the shooting guard role but expects to be more of a traditional point guard in college.


“I think, in college, I’ll be more of a true point guard,” he said. “In high school I was more of a scoring guard and this year I played shooting guard. I feel like I’ll be a true point guard that sets up other guys and does the things the team needs me to do to win games.”


There’s no doubt in the mind of Young that Davis will excel in college.


“I think he’s going to surprise people,” Young said. “Sometimes you look at him as a small guy and wonder if he can play. But, he’s extremely quick, can shoot the baseball well and has a great IQ for the game. I think he’s going to do really well, I’m looking forward to it and am excited about it for him.”




T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj. for more updates.


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