Central's Davis makes leap into D-I prospect
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Lincoln Davis knows his reputation is as an athletic guard whose 42-inch vertical leap is an anomaly in a basketball town known more for producing shooters than dunkers.
"It's just cool to see people's reaction to it," Davis said. "They're not expecting it. Now, that's what everybody knows me for."
Nonetheless, the Central Catholic senior spent the summer working on his weaknesses. Determined to develop into a Division I prospect, Davis concentrated on rounding out his repertoire.
"For the past couple of years, I've just been known as an athlete," Davis said. "That's what really puts me over the top. A lot of people can dribble and shoot. My athleticism puts me over the top as a guard. I had to work on my shot, my ball handling and my leadership. That's increased my game."
Central Catholic coach Chuck Crummie said Davis' ability to score different ways stands out. He is averaging 20.2 points a game for the Vikings, and is only the fourth player in school history to score 1,000 points.
"He's been a very good 3-point shooter for us," Crummie said. "His sophomore and junior year, that really wasn't his forte but he's worked hard on it. He's a tough guy to guard because he can put it on the floor and go to the rim but if you back off him, he can pull back and shoot it."
Colleges took notice after Davis displayed his talents against nationally prominent programs, dropping 21 points at Gonzaga College and 28 on Quality Education Academy at the Pitt National Showcase at Shaler. Davis has scholarship offers from Fairfield -- his favorite at the moment -- Hofstra and St. Francis (Pa.), and talked with Boston University, College of Charleston, Rider and Quinnipiac.
"I think he's the kind of guy that can go in and play right away at that level, quite honestly," Crummie said. "The biggest thing is his potential. He's going to get better and better. He can do it all: score, rebound, assist."
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