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Heel Tough Blog: Player Profile - R.J. Davis

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

On the UNC team is a 6-0, scrappy, aggressive, extremely talented point guard named RJ Davis. RJ was a crucial player in UNC’s Final Four run this past year but his basketball career extends much further than that.

Born on October 21st to Vanessa and Robert Davis, little is known about his early life, but he was an incredible basketball player from the moment he stepped on the court at Archbishop Stepinac High School. He lead his team in his junior year with an average of 25.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He began to receive the attention of many schools as a top point guard in the 2020 class. He was a Macdonald’s All-American as well as Mr. New York Basketball. He was a four-star prospect and was recruited by schools such as Marquette and Georgetown but chose to be a Tar Heel instead.

RJ came to Carolina in the same class as Caleb Love and the two were immediately branded as one of the best young backcourt duos in the country. However, his freshman year was a struggle. He had several games with no points and he only averaged 8.4 points per game in that season.

RJ was never even mentioned as a potential transfer when Hubert Davis took over. Instead, he stayed in Chapel Hill, became the primary ball handler and playmaker, and showed massive improvement from his freshman year. RJ and Caleb Love became one of the best, if not the best backcourt tandem in the country. RJ distributed when he wanted to, scored when he needed to, and averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game on the year and shot 36.7 percent from three-point range. His biggest game was against the Baylor Bears in the second round of the NCAA tournament, where he scored 30 points to go along with 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, not to mention shooting 50% from 3.

RJ returns with one goal in mind, run it back. He is dialed in, he wants a championship, and he is willing to put in the work to get there. He will begin the season as UNC’s primary ball handler in Hubert Davis’s guard happy system. Here comes Carolina and RJ Davis is looking to put rings on the fingers of his UNC teammates.

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