LOS ANGELES - Information is so fluid and immediate and basketball has become a twelve month a year sport that it is extraordinarily rare to find a rising senior, particularly one that is considered to be a consensus top ten caliber player, that stealthily moves under the radar in America, let alone in its third biggest city, Chicago. And yet, that is exactly what occurred with the nearly 6’10,” 195 lb forward, Anthony Davis. He has exploded onto the scene through a combination of a late growth spurt, a decision to once again play AAU basketball, and the sheer frustrated determination to prove that he deserves to be considered amongst the best players in the nation, regardless of where he chooses to attend high school. With a reported 3.8 grade point average, the Perspectives Charter school star is now garnering interest from Duke and Harvard Universities. In a span of two months, the athletic shotblocker from MeanStreets has gone from being a relative unknown on the national level to being one of the most coveted prospects in the country. During this weekend’s Nike EYBL tournament in Los Angeles, Davis spoke with Blue Devil Nation about a variety of topics.
How do you feel about coming out of nowhere to being viewed as a potential top ten player in such a short amount of time?
It feels good, I mean, from not being known, to now when I walk into the gym people saying, “That’s Anthony Davis.” It feels good, you know what I’m saying.
I’m glad you’re enjoying it.
Yeah, man, it feels good.
Now, how do you stay humble and keep your eye on the prize?
Oh, I just come out and play hard everyday because, as quickly as it came, it can all go away. I just need to keep working hard, don’t get a big head, and stay humble.
What about the decision to play AAU ball again? How did you come to that?
Oh, well, at one of my home games in high school, Tai Streets and Carlton came over and saw me play. They asked my dad if I wanted to play for their AAU program. I said, “Sure, why not?” because I figured at least it might get my name out there. I went to the gym and played with their guys and I liked it. So, I was happy to be a part of them.
How about the decision to stick with Perspectives? I heard other programs were trying to, well, encourage you to leave
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