Clemson player from James Island comes full-circle in Omaha

Clemson player from James Island comes full-circle in Omaha

OMAHA, Nebraska (WCSC) - If you walked around downtown Omaha Friday, you would undoubtedly run into a Clemson fan.

Every fan would probably tell you they're proud of the team, but few are more proud than Richard Davis.

"His siblings and his, you know, everybody in the family is very proud of him," Richard said.

Richard is the father of Lyles Davis.

Lyles is a James Island High School graduate who plays for the Clemson Men's Basketball team.

"Growing up I wanted to be a Clemson Baseball player," Lyles said. "Passions changed. I ended up having the opportunity to go with basketball. And now we're going back to Omaha, it's unbelievable."

Unbelievable is an understatement—ironic might be a better word to use.

Lyles used to go to the College World Series in Omaha as a kid.

Richard said playing for Clemson was something his son was determined to do and that nothing would stop him.

"I think if you ask him, he knew that this day was coming back when he was four or five years old," Richard said.

And Richard said no matter how far this journey takes Lyles, his family will be right by his side every step of the way.

"We will follow him to the end," Richard said. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You never know what next year brings. So, we're going to strike while the iron is hot, we're going to follow Clemson basketball and Lyles as far as they go."

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