Davidson won't mind attention if Liberty wins

December 14, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

After having Mike Davidson up on varsity for a large part of his sophomore season, Liberty coach Scott Kohr had a pretty good idea what he could expect from the 6-foot-3 forward last year as a junior.

It's pretty safe to say Davidson met all expectations and then some as he finished the season averaging a county-high 17 points a game along with seven-plus rebounds and two steals.

Both he and Kohr know it won't be as easy this time around.

And that's fine with both as long as the Lions can win.

"We talked numerous times about teams keying on him this season, but the important thing is he has confidence in the guys around him," Kohr said.

"He [Davidson] said he'd much rather see the other guys get 10 or 12 points a game as long as we win. That's the kind of player he is."

It looks like Davidson has plenty of talent around him with senior Eric Priddy and junior Brian Trone -- both 6-3 -- joining him up front and senior Ross Yastrzemsky running the show at point.

"It's still pretty early to tell, but if things can all come together I think we'll have a pretty good chance of contending for the county title," Davidson said.

And if team's want to put two men on Davidson, that's fine by him.

"That will just leave things more open for my teammates, and they will have an easier shot," he said.

"We won eight games last year, and I was the leading scorer. I'd much rather win 18 games this year and maybe only average eight points a game."

Early on, Davidson says he hasn't seen much of the double teams he anticipated. After two games in which the Lions are 1-1, Davidson has averaged 20 points -- including 29 in the season-opening win against Francis Scott Key.

Kohr says Davidson's ability to score in so many ways is the key.

"He's a slicer who's pretty good on the boards and also isn't afraid to step out and hit a three," he said.

Davidson said a big part of his success was the experience he gained coming off the bench his sophomore year.

"The intensity in a varsity game is just so much more higher than any JV game," he said.

"You can tell the minute you walk on the court it's a whole new game," Davidson said.

"I just got so much more playing what I did on varsity than any JV game."

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