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Man in motion: Energetic gym rat paces Hounds

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 18, 2014

{{{*}}}Isaac Davis routinely gets the text message from his mother checking his whereabouts.

His typical response: “you know where I’m at – the gym.”

ENDLESS ENERGY – With his consistent drive, Isaac Davis has turned into the area’s top scorer this season. Entering Friday’s homecoming game, he was averaging 19.3 points. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Slidell senior explains:”This is like my second home. I live in the gym.”

He routinely stays in the gym long after many of his teammates have left, heaving up hundreds of extra shots from different spots around the floor.

“I shoot 100 to 200 shots from various spots,” Davis said. “I try some from mid-court.”

The time in the gym and extra shooting has turned him into one of the area’s most prolific scorers this season. Entering Slidell’s homecoming game Friday against Forestburg, Davis was averaging 19.3 points per game and shooting better than 43 percent from the field.

Along with his prolific scoring, Davis is piling up big numbers in other categories, grabbing 10.4 rebounds, handing out 5.1 assists and making 5 steals per night.

“He’s a stat stacker,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “He plays all five positions for us. He’ll play guard, and we’ll put him inside.

“He’s got a motor that doesn’t stop. He just keeps going.”

While playing all over the floor, the 5-10 Davis prefers to stay up top and handle the basketball. But when he’s matched up with a smaller guard, he likes taking them down low to post them up.

“I play my role. I do what the team needs,” Davis said. “I feel most comfortable with the ball in my hands.”

Davis made his debut on the Greyhounds’ varsity as a sophomore, earning a starting job midway through the season. McCormick said he’s steadily improved before having his official breakout in the Greyhounds’ playoff game against Ector, tossing in 22 points.

“It’s been a steady progression,” McCormick said. “He was solid last year. Then in the playoff game against Ector, he took another step forward. He stepped up and really took on leadership of the team.”

Scoring more than 20 this year has been routine for Davis. To McCormick, his best game was the 23-point and 21-rebound showing against Chico that also included eight assists and three steals. His best scoring game came against Gold-Burg as he poured in 34 points, hitting 10 3-pointers and going 12-for-24 from the field.

The Greyhounds and Davis have seven more games left in the season and a possible playoff run. Davis is not thinking about the end of the year or having to find a new second home to spend time in.

“I just want to play until the last game ends,” Davis said. “Hopefully, it’s in the state championship.”

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