Davis Off To A Flying Start

Davis Off To A Flying Start

Southern Miss basketball is off to a 5-0 start and one of the reasons has been the play of senior Dwayne Davis. He talked with GoldenEaglePride.com after practice about his hot start and how the Eagles plan to keep it going.

Dwayne Davis had to sit last year out and it changed his perspective about the game. Hungrier than ever, he's taking advantage of every day that he has to be out on the court.

Five games in, it has certainly shown.

Davis leads the team in scoring, averaging just over 15 points per game, and according to the senior the 5-0 Golden Eagles are continuing to work for what they feel can be a special season.

"Practice is still good and the energy is real high," he said after practice today. "We are staying focused and just trying to get better every day."

Dwayne says he's excited about the team's hot start, but that they are not getting high on themselves early in the season.

"We just have to listen to Coach Tyndall, we know we can trust him and that he'll lead us in the right direction" he said. "You see good early chemistry from our team because everyone has bought in.

"We are all on the same page, and defensively that is what is making us so tough. Coach pushes us hard because we are undersized and we have to outwork all of our opponents."

One huge key to the early success is the match-up zone. Davis said their energy is the key to it being successful.

"It is a stretch defense that is built on constant pressure," he said. "At no time does the other team have time off.

"We are small, but we are quick and smart basketball players. We have been in the right spots, espeically on defense. When you are pressured all game it leads to the turnovers and easy buckets we've been able to get."

The versatile Davis has seen time at almost every position, including point guard this season.

"Its something that I've had to get used to," he said. "I'm not a natural there, but Coach said that the team needs me to play it sometimes, so that's what I'll do.

"I'm more of a slashing scorer, but I worked hard on my outside shot and that is paying off for me and the team right now."

Equally as important is the value he is placing on being out on the court. A year off will do that to an athlete.

"Having to sit out last year was very hard on me," he said. "I'm just thankful every day for the chance to be on the court. It has changed my perspective as a I said earlier, and I'm glad I get to help out this season.

"I don't take anything, not even practice, for granted."

The Eagles have a home game where they place the nation's 6th longest home winning streak on the line against Denver, a team that beat the Eagles in Colorado last season.

"We'll be ready for them this year," he said. "They are a very good team. I hope our fans pack it out and we'll keep trying to get them a win and keep this thing rolling."

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