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CM’s Junior Forward Fills It Up
Jay Mumford

She laughs and smiles a lot while being interviewed. She was still in relatively good spirits after a tough loss to Wyandanch. But Amber Davis’ amiable nature off the court takes a lunch break when she’s on it. Suffolk County’s Class B hasn’t found much of an answer for Center Moriches’ tough junior wing-forward. A 2-3 zone is merely carte blanche to bury triples. A man to man assignment is a mismatch waiting to happen, and will probably end with the defender on the receiving end of a crafty hook shot, a quick slash to the hoop or a bulldozer move in the paint. The wing/post threat is a Top 20 scorer on the peninsula (Top 10 in Suffolk) and a pain to guard, and the fact that she’ll likely be a 1,000 point career scorer by season’s end is proof.

“Amber is one of the best players in Suffolk County”, said Center Moriches Head Coach Rich Alifano. “She’s a tough cover because she can score the three, dribble drive and rebound on both sides of the court.”

But sometimes the good ones don’t know how good they are, and with 974 career points under her belt and double-double averages of 15.5 PPG and 10 RPG this season, Davis just decided at the end of January that she’d like to take life on the hardwood a bit further than the gymnasiums of Suffolk County.

“She’s only just decided to play at the next level”, Coach Alifano said. “About two weeks ago.” The “next level” of college ball is a different stratosphere than Suffolk’s Class B, but Davis has the talent. She just may need to do a little tinkering and fine-tuning in regards to position.

“I like to play in the post a lot at Center (Moriches)”, she said. “But in college, I’ll probably be too short, so I’ll have to move out to the wing.”  At 5’8, its likely that Davis’ shooting touch -she’s recorded 27 triples in 17 games this season- and knack for getting to the hoop will be of more use on the college level. Her lone Achilles’ Heel would be pumping up her assist numbers for a possible college career at the point.

“She has to work on her passing, but she’s a solid player”, Coach Alifano said. Davis will get the opportunity to fine tune the kinks over the summer, via valuable time on the AAU circuit. “She’ll definitely be with one of the Lightning teams, but we’re not sure which one yet. As far as (taking basketball to) the next level, we‘re just getting started now.”

The realistic possibility of reaching a 1,000 career point milestone as she ends her junior season isn't a shabby place to start.

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