Expanding with Experience

Inside Carolina
Posted Jul 11, 2013


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Luke Davis enters his junior season at North Carolina looking to broaden his offensive prowess on the court and lean on his experience to generate positive contributions from the point guard position.

The Raleigh, N.C. native and former Gardner-Webb transfer played in 20 games in 2012-13. Against Chaminade, Davis played a season-high 14 minutes and dished out seven assists along with five points. His outings were sporadic throughout the year, and once the smaller lineup was established in early February, his minutes declined significantly.

This season looks to shape up a bit differently for Davis. With Marcus Paige as the incumbent starter at point guard and true freshman Nate Britt as the only other point guard on the roster, it seems as if Davis will be primed to contribute.

“That could be the case," Davis told reporters during his summer interview on Wednesday. "I’m kind of open-minded. It’s really that Coach Williams knows what’s best for the team. He’ll have a good game plan for everybody. But that’s why you just keep working hard every day. He’ll find a way if you’re needed and if I’m needed to contribute hopefully I’ll be able to do that the best that I can.”

The main focus for the rising junior this offseason is to better his play from a scoring standpoint. Davis is looking to add to his offensive arsenal by working on his shot with assistant coach Hubert Davis.

"I’m really just trying to be a more all-around sound player," Davis said. "I think specifically just working on being more aggressive on offense and being a threat at least. Just gaining confidence and keep working hard. I think the summer is a big time to work on your body and working out and getting stronger, faster and quicker. That’s important too.”

Davis is known for possessing polished ball handling skills, yet the cause for concern arises with his decision-making abilities at times. This is an issue he plans to address during the summer through pickup and team practices.

“It’s something that you kind of have to be conscious about in pickup," Davis said. "I think a lot of it is relaxing and feeling comfortable. You can still play at a fast pace but make sure you make the right decisions is what it’s all about. That’s something that I definitely want to work on this summer and need to improve on in order to contribute.”

The third year in the program will be beneficial for Davis’s ability to assist Roy Williams in his attempt to run at even faster pace. While last year's team struggled to meet its head coach's speed demands, the 2013 group could provide the necessary attributes to rev up the transition game.

One interesting way of attaining this goal could be the use of two point guards on the floor.

“We play pickup and sometimes we do that," Davis said when discussing the possibility. "Marcus (Paige) and Nate (Britt), Marcus and me or Nate and me or whatever it is. We actually have been playing that way in pickup sometimes and I think that’s been good. Coach Williams is very keen on running, obviously.”

The Tar Heels have completed two full summer practices thus far. The three freshmen are on campus and are participating on the team. Davis summed up the entire freshman group as “doing well,” but he took time to specifically break down his rookie counterpart in the backcourt.

“He’s going to be really good," Davis said of Britt. "He’s very quick. He can pass the ball and I think he’ll help us a lot. I think defensively he’s active and he’s definitely something to look forward to this season.”

 


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