Nike Hoop Summit Player Profile: Anthony Davis
Feb. 10, 2011
Anthony Davis may be wearing his first USA Basketball jersey in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit, but the 6-10 forward from Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, Ill., will be a stranger to no one. One of three USA Nike Hoop Summit team members headed to the University of Kentucky in the fall, Davis is highly ranked and his stock grows practically every day -- literally. Davis estimates that in the past year heís grown six or seven inches and by as many as eight inches since his sophomore season.
Partly due to his growth spurt and more likely a result of impressive performances with Meanstreets AAU and at the 2010 Nike Global Challenge, Davis went from a 6-2 relatively unknown guard to Scout.comís No. 1 player in the class of 2011, ESPNUís No. 2 player and Rivals.comís No. 3 prospect. In fact, it was at the Nike Global Challenge where Davis first played under FIBA rules, although he was limited to a game-and-a-half due to an ankle injury.
And while his body continues to grow and mature, so does his game. Davis told USABasketball.com that post moves are his priority as he learns to capitalize on his new-found height.
Do you know many of your USA teammates?
I think I played with most of them during the Nike Global Challenge in June in Portland, and most of them I have played against on the AAU circuit. Iím really familiar with everyone. I think we will be a strong team.
*USA Nike Hoop Summit Team members James McAdoo and Rakeem Christmas played on the East Team in the 2010 Nike Global Challenge, while Brad Beal and Davis were members of the Midwest Team and Adonis Thomas played on the South Team.
What do you expect to face from the World Team in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit?
Iím expecting them to have size. It seems like a lot of foreign teams have good height.
What do you think of international rules?
It made the game go way quicker. It went by so much faster. And the one rule that was very interesting is when the ball is still on the rim, you can knock it off. That made the game very interesting and a lot of fun.
Is there an international rule youíd like to see the high school game adopt?
What made Kentucky a good fit for you?
The coaching staff and the way they play are just great, and the school as a whole was awesome, too. Coach Cal has a lot of accolades under his name, so that made it even better.
What is your favorite training routine or drill?
I do a lot of post moves now since I grew over the summer. Now, Iím trying to incorporate those moves in the game and just working on getting better, so I can go into the post more.
How much did you grow over the summer?
Like six or seven inches in the past year or so.
What is your least favorite training routine or drill?
Running. Missing free throws and then we have to run. I know Iím not supposed to be missing free throws.
Where is the most room for improvement in your game?
Strength and ball-handling.
Who do you most like to be compared to?
Kevin Durant. Heís very versatile, he scores at will and he makes it looks so easy to play inside. He uses his size to his advantage against most twos and wings that he plays against.
Did you watch Durant in the FIBA World Championship? What did you think of his international game?
I did. He was getting his teammates more involved because he had other elite players around him. He wasnít scoring as much all the time as he does with the Thunder.
What helps you stay motivated?
Just knowing that one day that basketball could get me to the NBA.
Where are you at in your high school season?
We just finished our last conference game pretty recently. Iím not sure what our record is, but we finished out over .500 in conference play. Hopefully we can play well in the playoffs.
How would you like to finish your high school season?
To win a city and state title.
This will be your first experience with USA Basketball. How do you expect to feel when you take the court?
I think it will be great. Itís a real honor to represent your country, playing for the USA and getting a chance to play alongside other top-level guys and compete for the win.