Davidson gets the bounce on Behrendorff

Centre Larry Davidson in action against St Mary’s. Picture: SYLVIA LIBEROne trial game doesn’t make a season, but Wollongong centre Larry Davidson has the inside running to secure a starting-five spot with the Hawks.Davidson was impressive in the Hawks’ 19-point win over St Mary’s University on Monday night at the Snakepit.He gave the home side a perfect start by scoring the game’s opening five points and finished the night with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks.In his third season with Wollongong, the 26-year-old is battling new recruit Tim Behrendorff for a place in the starting line-up.Davidson will again get the nod in the first five for tomorrow’s pre-season clash with the University of Vanderbilt in Sydney.But he understands that coach Gordie McLeod could eventually use the 211cm Behrendorff as a starter.”It’s all pretty open at the moment, which is kind of better than having it set in stone from day one,” Davidson said.”It’s nice and competitive at practice and we’ve got a group where no-one will really get their nose out of joint if they’re not starting.”We’re a pretty easy-going group and the new guys are cool dudes and they work hard, so they fit in pretty well.”Hawks forward Glen Saville played under McLeod at the AIS, but Davidson is the only Wollongong player who has been coached by McLeod in the NBL.”I enjoyed playing for Gordie in Singapore and it’s good being back playing for him again,” he said.”He’s had the experience of going to the Olympics with the Boomers (as an assistant coach) and it’s good to be back with him.”Monday night’s trial gave the Hawks their first taste of 10-minute quarters, which will replace the 12-minute periods of NBL season 2009-10.”It’s been a while since I’ve played 40-minute games,” Davidson said.”It’ll be a bit of an adjustment. But we’ve got some preseason games and hopefully we’ll have it all down pat for the season.”Davidson likes the look of the Hawks, who retained six players from last season.”It’ll definitely help having guys who’ve been together for a few years,” he said.”It’s like we’ve got the old guys, middle guys and new guys, so instead of having a lot of one and not a lot of the other, it’s a good mix with age and experience so we can all talk to each other.”
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