After a solid freshman year as a part-time starter, White Plains’ R.J. Davis enjoyed a monster sophomore season, playing a major role in North Carolina’s run to the national championship game. He has been impressive in how he has run the team, dishing out 28 assists and committing just nine turnovers in five tournament games. After defeating his former high school teammate on Semi Final Saturday, the top seated Kansas Jayhawks are the only thing that stand in his way from being a NCAA Champion.
The city of White Plains and Archbishop Stepinac High School are excited for Davis.
“We as a school community are beyond excited for RJ and having the opportunity to play in the National Championship this evening. He has earned this opportunity,” Archbishop Stepinac Head Coach Patrick Massaroni shared with Black Westchester. “We are so proud of RJ [Davis] and AJ [Griffin] making the Final Four. They have showed extreme hard work and dedication to get to this point and we are proud of them.”
North Carolina’s R.J. Davis (White Plains) and Duke’s AJ Griffin (Ossining), starters for their respective teams and former teammates at Archbishop Stepinac who won a state title together, representing Westchester County on the biggest stage of the sport.
The two have enjoyed strong seasons, key parts of their respective teams’ run to this weekend. Davis progressed from a complementary piece to an essential part of the Tar Heels as a sophomore, averaging 13.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and shooting 37.4 percent from 3-point range.
In four NCAA Tournament games, he has piled up 24 assists while committing just eight turnovers and exploded for a career-high 30 points in a second-round upset of top-seeded Baylor. In the Tar Heels’ upset win at Duke, Saturday night to close the regular season, he poured in 21 points.
As with many other kids, Davis grew up watching the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four, dreaming about being a part of it one day. The White Plains native is living that dream this weekend. R.J. Davis is one win away from being a national champion. He will play for the NCAA Championship tonight at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Not bad for a kid who supposedly couldn’t play at the highest level.