Anthony Davis has been looking forward to hosting his first basketball camp in New Orleans for quite some time, but it ended up being worth the wait.
The New Orleans Pelicans star held his two-day camp for kids ages 7-15 at UNO this week, and he said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of teaching the game to some of his younger fans from around the city.
“It feels good to have the kids here, especially on short notice,” Davis said. “It makes me feel good that they’re happy, having fun, they’re learning. (I’m) getting a chance to interact with them for a little bit. It’s been a fun camp so far.”
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Injuries and other obligations have prevented Davis from bringing his camp to New Orleans in years past, but he said it was important for him to give back to the city for all the support it has showed him.
“This is my second home. I always do stuff in New Orleans, I love doing (camps) in New Orleans,” Davis said. “To have this camp–my first camp here–has been amazing. The kids have been really supportive, the parents have been supportive, everybody in the city of New Orleans has been supportive.
“I’m just happy I was able to do the first one here and hopefully keep it going.”
Davis said hosting camps like the one he did on Monday and Tuesday are important to show kids the fundamentals of the game and the work ethic they’ll need to keep improving.
The four-time All-Star said his story is somewhat relatable to kids because he wasn’t considered a top prospect until late in his high school career.
Davis didn’t receive much attention on the recruiting trail during his first two years in high school as a 6-foot-2 guard, but a major growth spurt turned him into a 6-11 senior who was the No. 1 player in the nation.
“I actually stressed that to them yesterday about chasing their dreams and everything,” Davis said. “I told them a little bit about how I ended up where I am. It relates to them a little bit more. Most of them probably aren’t prodigies, so they actually have to go out and get it and grind even harder than the next man.
“Anytime I talk to kids I try to bring that up…. No matter who you are, where you are or where you come from, you always have a shot.”