In just their second year fielding varsity sports, Davidson Day has been impressive. The young athletic program already boasts a state champion tennis player, and their basketball team, led by sophomore Rashun Davis, is off to its best start ever.
The soft-spoken Davis, has been dreaming of basketball glory since he was 3-years-old.
"My parents said I always had a basketball in my hands," said Davis. "I would sleep with it. They would take it away from me when I was asleep, but somehow I still wound up with it in my hands, sleeping with it by morning."
Davis, who leads his team in points, assists and steals, is in his first year as a member of the Patriots basketball team. Living is Harrisburg, and having attended public schools his entire life, Davis was not quite sure what to expect when he transferred to the private school. But he knew he wanted to play basketball for first-year Patriots head coach, Ron Johnson.
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"I just thought Coach Johnson would give me a better opportunity to improve my game," said Davis. "He really works us out and challenges us."
Johnsonwon 78 percent of his games and a state championship as the head coach of rival Cannon School. He raves about the time and effort Davis puts in to being a good player.
"He works really hard, and he just wants to get better," said Johnson. "His attitude and the way he approaches the game earns the respect of every one of his teammates."
That work ethic is not there by mistake. Davis gets up at five in the morning every day before school to run basketball drills with his father. He says they work on something different each day.
Johnson said he wasn't sure what to expect from a young man he really didn't know that well upon his arrival Davidson Day, but he's extremely pleased with the results.
Davis' performance has helped to turn around a team that won just five games last season. The Patriots currently sit at 12-3 (through Jan. 14) and look poised for a long run of success thanks to their new coach and young point guard.
"It's really hard to expect much when you haven't seen a guy in game situations before," said Johnson. "He's helped us out a great deal. As the games become more meaningful down the stretch, it's going to be important for him to make really good decisions when the ball is in his hands, and I think he'll be able to handle that."
Standing at 5-foot-9, Davis would appear to be at a size disadvantage.
But it's his tenacity that Johnson says separates him from other players. That tenacity has landed him fourth on the team in rebounds per game.
"I think for a kid his size, it just shows how aggressive and active he is," said Johnson.
Davis wants to play in college, and Johnson has no doubt that some day Davis will take his game to the collegiate ranks.
"I think he has a lot of potential for that," said Johnson. "At this point it's just a question of what level. If he keeps getting better, that will all take care of itself."
Being just a sophomore, Davis has a lot of basketball left to play for the Patriots.
As he continues to grow and mature over the next couple of years, he could develop into one of the Charlotte area's best.