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Corey Davis Jr: "I'm just trying to get adjusted because it's always been a mindset thing with me."
December 3, 2018 -- 9:50 p.m. CST
HOUSTON, TX (Fertitta Center) -- Houston Cougars' senior guard Corey Davis Jr. is a shooter. Prior to Saturday's game against Oregon, he was a 40.0% three-point shooter (16 for 40) this season. After the Oregon game, his three-point shooting percentage dropped to 33.3%. Davis shot an uncharacteristic 1 for 11 from three-point range Saturday night.
He's not concerned nor worried. The basketball adage 'shooters shoot' applies to him.
"Ever since I started shooting the ball, it's always been a mindset thing to me," Davis Jr. said today after practice. "Because, I know I can shoot the basketball regardless of what gym. Wherever I am. It just takes for me to get repetitions because I know it's a new arena and new rims. I'm just trying to get adjusted because it's always been a mindset thing with me. I don't change my routine. I don't do anything differently. Just get up shots; so, I can get used to the rims in here."
He doesn't watch film to study his shooting form. He watches film to study opponents.
"Nah. If I'm watching film, it's probably just to learn the offenses or defenses of the other team or how am I going to guard my players. Stuff like that. But, never about my shooting."
Corey is like most shooters: he can tell when his shot is going in the bucket or not.
"Oh yeah. Soon as it leaves my hands," Corey said matter-of-fact. "I already know if I'm going to make it or not. That's just one of my things. I definitely know if I'm going to make it or not as soon as it leaves my hands."
He enjoyed the atmosphere in Fertitta Center for Saturday's first game in the building; and, he looks forward to seeing a good crowd Tuesday night versus the Lamar Cardinals.
"It was amazing. That was one for the books for sure. It was a great crowd in here. We had a lot of energy. We played hard.
"I've got faith in my fellow students and our fans. I feel like we're going to have a good crowd in here tomorrow. And, we're going to get it done."
Game time versus Lamar is Tuesday, December 4, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
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