Growth Spurt Sprouts Davis' Recruitment

After a major growth spurt, Anthony Davis has gone from an unknown player to one of the top prospects in the country.

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Anthony Davis is in the midst of a wild year.

During his sophomore season, Davis, a standout at Chicago (Ill.) Perspectives Charter, stood just 6-foot-2 and played primarily on the wing. In just over a year a lot changed.

"In the middle of the season I was 6'8 and now I'm 6'10," Davis said. "I got eight inches over one summer. I was expecting to be 6'6 or 6'7, but now I'm 6'10. It was basically an over night thing."

Despite averaging 30 points and 12 rebounds at Prospective Charter, who finished just 6-14, Davis still managed to fly under the radar. His high school squad struggled and they were bounced from the playoffs in the second round.

Still relatively unknown, Davis began building his name by playing for the Meanstreets program.

"I don't think I got enough exposure," Davis said. "I really wanted to get exposure so I could get some good scholarships and go to a good school. I didn't want my parents to pay for college since I was playing basketball. I wanted to get a scholarship."

"I figured if I played AAU and really work hard I could get a scholarship so I could save the money for my parents," the 2011 prospect added. "So I worked hard and played AAU."

Shortly after his first event with Meanstreets word began to trickle out about Davis' talent.

"I realized with the schools recruiting me that I wasn't getting enough attention," he said. "I only had schools like Cleveland State and DePaul calling. If I wanted to get to NBA and get into a good college, I thought I needed to expose myself."

Then Davis showed up at the Spiece Run N' Slam. In front of some of the nation's top talent evaluators, Davis put his versatile game on display and proved to be a legit high major prospect.

Shortly after the Fort Wayne (Ind.) event college coaches began calling and offering scholarships.

At this point Davis holds offers from Xavier, Wisconsin, Harvard, Syracuse, Illinois, Ohio State, Memphis, DePaul, Cleveland State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Arizona, Oregon, Virginia and Bucknell.

Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky are also showing interest.

Davis, who holds a 3.2 GPA, admitted that it's still early in the recruiting process, but did acknowledge that he's looking forward to taking some college visits.

"I was supposed to take a visit to Xavier this weekend, but since it's Mother's Day it didn't really work out because my mom didn't want to go out," Davis said. "I'm supposed to go to Ohio State on Thursday."

Davis and Meanstreets will be back in action this weekend at the Nike EYBL: Houston event. They'll then head to the EYBL: Los Angeles event Memorial Day weekend.

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