Davis Adjusting Well To NYC

When Theo Davis made the move from Canada to New York to finish out his high school career, it was done for a few reasons. Basketball was certainly one of them, but that hasn't been the toughest part of his adjustment. <P>

``Socially and just meeting new people was the toughest thing," said Theo Davis, a 6-9, 220-pound junior. "Basketball-wise, it wasn't all that tough. The only thing was getting used to the intensity here."

That's because north of the border Davis didn't have to get up for every game. He didn't face tough competition each night.

``The programs in Toronto aren't as strong and after he went to ABCD Camp, he wanted to go up against good competition day in and day out," said Theo's older brother, Donovan Davis. "He gets homesick at times, but things couldn't have worked out any better."

Davis, who also made the switch to get his academics in order, wasted little time dominating, scoring 24 points, grabbing 15 boards and blocking 16 shots in a win over Bayside. His numbers have tapered off a bit, but he's still averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7.5 blocks per contest.

When Davis initially came to the U.S., he enrolled at St. Patrick's (N.J.), but he just didn't fit in so he moved after about a week and moved in with his aunt who lives in Queens.

Davis is taking things fairly slow with his recruiting, but he said there are four schools that have separated themselves from the rest. Syracuse, UConn, UCLA and Texas are in front, but he'll also look at St. John's (depending on who the permanent coach is), Arizona and others – depending on their level of interest in him.

``I'm just looking for the right situation," Davis said. "I'm already coming all the way from Canada, so distance isn't really much of a factor. I'd like to go somewhere where I can play a lot when I get there and I want a coach who I can have a personal relationship with. Someone who can let me make mistakes on the court."

``His focus isn't really on picking a school right now," added Donovan Davis. "He wants to finish up strong in the classroom and let the chips fall where they may."

Davis still needs to get physically stronger, learn what he can and can't get away with when playing against other elite players and refine his ballhandling skills, but it's clear that he's a big-time player who can impact the game on both ends of the court.

Davis seems much more comfortable in New York, partially because he's no longer a big fish in a small pond. Now, he's overshadowed by guys like Sebastian Telfair, A.J. Price. Gavin Grant and others in N.Y.C.

``I had a lot of doubters in Canada because I went to a couple of schools and transferred a few times," Davis said. "They judged a book by its cover instead of finding out what type of person I was. Now it doesn't matter what they think. It doesn't affect me anymore."


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