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NCCU’s Davis looking to show he belongs in NBA Draft workouts

NCCU Davis

North Carolina Central’s Raasean Davis is looking to show NBA teams that he’s versatile enough to play at the next level.

Raasean Davis has spent the last two seasons bullying big men in the MEAC.

Now the North Carolina Central big man is looking to show that he can compete on the next level. Davis worked out with the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday and is set to work out with the Washington Wizards early next month.

Davis was a center at NCCU, and often the biggest man on the floor in the MEAC. That won’t be the case in the NBA at 6’8, 240 pounds, so he wanted to show that he was more than just a banger.   

“I’m a player. I can do multiple things,” Davis said via NBA.com. “I can score different ways, that I can make free throws at a high rate. I think I did a pretty good job showing those things.”

Davis averaged 15.0 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per contest, while shooting 65.9 percent from the field in two seasons at NCCU after coming from Kent State. He helped NCCU win back-to-back MEAC Championships in 2018 and ’19, winning Most Outstanding Player honors in this year’s MEAC Tournament. He sounded a lot like his coach, LeVelle Moton, in a post-workout interview.

“I feel like mental toughness, and toughness period is like defined by when you can compete through being tired or through being mentally fatigued or whatever kind of fatigue you’re dealing with,” Davis said. “So I feel like it was a really good workout today.”

Mental toughness will be key for Davis as he tries to find his way in the pros. As an undersized big man from an HBCU, he faces an uphill battle to make it into a league full of trees. Both the Hornets and Wizards have G-League squads, though, and the Wizards’ G-League affiliate includes former Morgan State guard Tiwain Kendley, another former MEAC star.

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