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North Carolina star R.J. knows how dangerous Saint Peter’s is

PHILADELPHIA — More than his teammates, greater than any of the three earlier Saint Peter’s victims, R.J. Davis knows what to anticipate early Sunday night at Wells Fargo Center.

The North Carolina guard knows how onerous the Peacocks will play. How powerful they’ll defend. How bodily they are going to be. It gained’t be new to the White Plains native and former Archbishop Stepinac star.

“They got tough kids from the New York and New Jersey area. It just shows how much grit and confidence they have [to get to this point],” Davis mentioned Saturday, on the eve of the East Region closing between No. 8-seed North Carolina and Cinderella Saint Peter’s, the Fifteenth-seed that is trying to make NCAA Tournament historical past. “They don’t back down from anyone, and that’s just what New York and New Jersey is about. They’re not afraid of anyone. They’re playing well. They’re here for a reason.”

Davis, a proficient sophomore guard and the all-time main scorer in Westchester County historical past, is shut with Saint Peter’s freshman guard Jaylen Murray. The two performed AAU collectively and have remained buddies. Davis gave Murray a name after Saint Peter’s surprised Kentucky.

R.J.. Davis
R.J.. Davis
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“That’s like a brother to me,” Davis mentioned.

While Davis has been centered on his personal crew, he has adopted Saint Peter’s and is thrilled to see how far it has gotten, significantly because the crew is loaded with native gamers.
“There’s a lot of critics that say [the] New York [area] is down, so just to see them make this run, it’s amazing,” Davis mentioned.

Davis himself has loved a robust year, keying the 180-degree flip North Carolina has made during the last two months. He grew to become a full-time starter this year, averaging 13.5 factors, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and capturing 38.3 % from 3-point vary. He led the Tar Heels to a second-round upset of top-seeded Baylor, scoring a career-high 30 factors, and has notched 21 assists in comparison with simply six turnovers in three event video games.

“I’m just confident,” the 6-foot guard mentioned. “This is nothing new to me. I’ve been this way my whole life.”

Davis knows he shall be on the facet of the villains Sunday. North Carolina is making an attempt to stop historical past. But he’s dwelling out a dream, too. He grew up watching the NCAA Tournament, imagining what it might be wish to be a part of it. Now he’s one step away from a visit to New Orleans for the Final Four.

“I’m just enjoying everything,” Davis mentioned. “I’m taking advantage of it.”

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