Rashun Davis stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 160 pounds, relatively small by basketball standards.
But whatever the Davidson Day junior point guard lacks in size, Davis makes up for with a relentless drive that has transformed him into one of the better players in the South Piedmont Athletic Association (SPAA) and in the state.
"If I had to choose between having a 6-foot-11 center or having a good point guard, I'd always go with the point guard," Davidson Day basketball coach Ron Johnson said. "Rashun has been a major force for this team. He does just about everything well, from handling the ball, to executing the offense to scoring. He is a very important part of our success."
The major ingredient in Davis's game is his quickness from end to end that can propel the Patriot offense in half or full court situations. His speed is something that puts constant pressure on his opponents, but also can change the tempo and feel of a game in an instant.
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"He plays at another level of speed than most people," Johnson said. "His quickness is tremendous and can certainly change a game. We like to have the ball in his hands and let him push the ball, penetrate and create for himself and others."
After a breakout sophomore campaign, averaging 14 points and nearly five assists per game on a 22-6 team last year, Davis has become one of the leaders of a team that has rapidly ascended under Johnson, winning 40 games in the last two seasons.
This year, Davis is having another standout season, averaging 12 points, four rebounds and four assists per contest, on a team that hopes to peak in the playoffs in the next few weeks.
While Johnson is quick to credit Davis, Davis attributes a lot of his growth to his coach.
"I've improved a lot in the last couple years because of coach Johnson," Davis said. "He's helped me become more of a leader on the floor. The point guard has to be in charge all of the time, you are like the coach on the floor."
Part of the maturation process for Davis included adjusting to life with a more talented roster this season. Clemson signee 6-foot-8 Bernard Sullivan and 6-foot-6 shooting guard Furman signee Keith Belfield, both decided to come to Davidson Day over the summer.
While Davis is not the No. 1 offensive option all of the time, he has still had big games, including 24 points against Trinity Christian, 18 against Victory Christian and 17 points against Waddell and Raleigh's Upper Room and one of the top-rated guards in the country in Rodney Purvis.
Whether he is scoring or passing, Davis is happy to have as much talent around him as possible.
"I love playing with these guys," Davis said of his teammates. "Having so many good players on our team has only made us work harder and become a better team overall. We're very amped up about playoffs. We definitely feel like we were stopped short last year."
Davis and the Patriots are currently 19-9, 5-3 in the SPAA entering into the SPAA conference tournament week.
Their main obstacle has been conference rival United Faith Christian, who has beaten them five times in the last two seasons, including a 71-49 blowout in the playoffs.
"I think we have to beat them, for it to be a rivalry," Johnson said, with humor in his voice earlier this season.
Davis and company know it is a tall task, but they won't sell themselves short on what they want to accomplish.
"We all have one common goal, and that is to win a state championship," Davis said.
While Davis has impressed his high school coaches, teammates and opponents, he has also started to attract the attention of college coaches and scouts across the east coast, for now.
Currently, Davis is getting attention from schools like Appalachian State, Boston University, UNC Asheville and Wofford. As his basketball resume continues to improve, the interest and recruiting of Davis will likely intensify.
"I look forward to playing college basketball, but that is in the future," Davis said. "Right now, I am focused on being the best player I can be at Davidson Day. Everything else will come from that."