Saturday, January 06, 2001

UC's Davis sees old friend today


49ers' Stephens was teammate at Purdue

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Their basketball careers have come full circle.Cincinnati's Jamaal Davis and Charlotte's Cam Stephens were AAU opponents when they were high school sophomores. The next year, they were AAU teammates and decided to attend Purdue together. They were both academically ineligible and sat out as freshmen. They were roommates and best friends. Then they both left Purdue, attended junior college and signed with Conference USA schools.

        The 6-foot-9 Davis (9.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg) is expected to start at power forward for the No.25 Bearcats tonight at Shoemaker Center; the 6-8 Stephens (9.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg) is the starting center for the 49ers.

        “It's just kind of funny to be playing against each other after being roommates on the same team in college,” Stephens said. “I want to win, and, of course, he wants to win. I know Cincinnati's going to be ready to play, and I hope we're ready to play.”

        When they first met on the court, Stephens' team defeated Davis' for the Indiana state AAU title. The next summer, they developed a close relationship. During the recruiting process, they decided they wanted to go to the same school. Stephens is from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Davis is from Gary.

        “We played good together,” Stephens said. “We complemented each other a lot. And he was somebody I could relate to.”

        “I can't wait to see him,” Davis said, smiling. “It's going to be exciting. He was my best friend. I'm really praying and hoping he's doing well and his family is doing well. Before the game, I'm going to try to give him a call and let him know I'm coming after him.”

       



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