Sooner Senior guard Cade Davis will be the glue that holds this year’s new look sooner team together as Coach Jeff Capel looks for the leadership intangibles that will be an absolute necessity to field a competitive team. Davis is a 6’5″ proto-typical shooting guard born and reared in basketball-crazed Elk City, Oklahoma. Legend has it that Davis got at least one dunk in every game back in high school and people there will never forget what he did for the game basketball in that small town.
Coach Jeff Capel will have to lean on Davis a lot as the leader of this year’s team because he is one of only 4 or 5 returning lettermen. In fact, if coach Capel had to label one guy as the go-to guy to guard the opposing team’s best scoring guard or to score that basket when the team needed it the most, no doubt that it would be Davis. He is the type of player that is capable of being the top scorer on the team and it has just been a matter of what coach Capel needs him to do this year as far as fitting him into the team’s offensive scheme and overall game plan. There is no doubt that he can create his own shot and shoot lights out from 3-point range.
Davis was one of the few constants on last year’s team as he provided a good outside shooting touch, good defense, and few turnovers. Watch the video link against Kansas a couple of years ago by clicking on “Cade Davis” above. Davis was draining jump shots unconsciously from three-point range like they were layups and stepped up when Blake Griffin was hurt and the team needed his scoring against an arch-rival and nationally-ranked Kansas Jayhawk team. Davis has a sweet outside jumper consummate of a prolific pure-shooter and might be one of the best outside shooters to come through Oklahoma in a long time.
Davis’ best game was when he went for 25 points against Northern Colorado last year including making 6 out of 10 shots from behind the three-point arc. Davis’ 9.9 ppg career scoring average doesn’t speak to the type of player and pure-shooter that he really is because in the past he has played and defaulted to NBA prodigies like Blake Griffin. But some NBA sources see him as a glue-guy with an incredible basketball I.Q. and other intangibles (like Kyle Korver of the Chicago Bulls) that are indicative of players that make it to the next level. It would not be a surprise if Davis went in the second round of next year’s NBA draft.
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