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Posted On: 06/22/16 9:58 AM
Lightning quick and fearless Amari Davis, 2019 point guard for Trotwood Madison and All Ohio Red, is seeing attention from Ohio State, Florida, Arizona, Xavier, and Iowa.
With no offers, it’s way too early in the process for Davis to identify a favorite, but he knows what to look for.
“Everybody is kind of the same right now … I want to go to a team that’s going to make me get better, so I can go to the next level. Like, when I visit Ohio State they were talking about how they were working with D’Angelo Russell and helping him get to the NBA,” Davis said.
Amari credits his older brother for those large ambitions and achievements.
“Everything I do is for my brother. My brother passed away when he was 15, he was playing basketball. I want to follow in his footsteps,” Davis said. “When we play a big game, I was always pray and talk to him … He never got to play his first high school game. So in our first game, we played Thurgood Marshall. I got the opportunity to play, and he helped me on the court.”
In that game against Thurgood Marshall, which was his very first as a freshman, Davis dropped 25 points on 11-16 shooting on the way to a 67-48 victory.
Last season, went on to average 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.7 steals.
At 6’3”, Davis plays the shooting guard. He attacks open lanes with such a purpose that the defense just has a very slight chance to cut him off. His speed is tenacious, but he can stop at any second for the elusive and unblockable floater.
Furthermore, his driving abilities are just one of the many ways he can burn you. Defenders also need to worry about the pull-up jumper and passing abilities.
How does Davis describe his game?
“I can do it all. I work hard. I listen to the game-plan and execute. Play good defense and hustle,” Davis said, to bring it back to the team aspect.
Davis mentioned that developing his 3-point shot is a point of emphasis right now, which would make him even more unpredictable.
Davis was on the academic honor roll every semester last year.
Given his purpose and skills, there’s not much standing in his way. He’s a player that multiple D-I schools will be competing for over the next few seasons.
As he told Prep Hoops Ohio, he’s not planning on being done climbing the basketball ladder once he gets to a college campus — he plans on taking another step beyond that. Monumental goals and a mentality to match it.
photo credit: Mark Pendleton/Dayton Daily News