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MYLES DAVIS: 2012 SHOOTING STAR

April 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Lauren Kirschman

Class of 2012 guard Myles Davis grew up wanting to emulate his older cousin, former Pitt point guard and current Pitt assistant coach Brandin Knight.

Depending on where Davis decides to attend college, he might get the chance to don the same uniform.

Right now, however, the Notre Dame Prep product is keeping his options open as he holds offers from Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Villanova, Xavier, Georgetown, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

Despite Knight’s presence at Pitt, Davis said he doesn’t have a leader at this point.

“He [Knight] doesn’t even care if I come to Pittsburgh,” Davis said. “He just wants me to make the right choice for me. He’s behind me no matter what and he’s a great influence on me.”

The two share a strong bond, Davis said, and Knight is less of a cousin and more like an older brother.

“I wouldn’t even call us cousins anymore,” he said. “We’re really close. I couldn’t ask for anybody better than Brandin…he tells me right from wrong, he tells me what to do.”

Davis originally grew up wanting to imitate Brandin’s older brother, former professional basketball player Brevin Knight, but said that changed when he became closer with Brandin.

“I watched Brandin when he was at Pitt,” Davis said. “I always wanted to be like him.”

Brandin Knight was a star point guard at Pittsburgh from 1999-2003 and the school retired his jersey number in 2009.

Whether Davis ends up a Panther like his cousin or putting on a different uniform, the 6’1” guard knows that his ability to shoot the ball is his biggest weapon.

He showed a knack for knocking down open looks at the Pittsburgh JamFest this weekend and ensured his reputation as a deadly 3-point threat.

“I’m not a selfish player,” he said. “If I need to play the one, I’ll play it. If I need to score, I’ll score. I really don’t mind. Whatever I need to do to get the win.”

Davis acknowledges that a lack of speed and athleticism are weak spots in his game. Those are areas he’ll need to work on in order to penetrate and defend efficiently at the next level.

“I just need to work on that for when I get to college, that will help me to get my body ready,” he said.

At Pitt, Davis would find a familiar face prepared to compliment his game inside as he played with 2011 Pitt recruit, Khem Birch, at Notre Dame Prep this past season.

“You couldn’t ask for a better big man than Khem Birch,” Davis said. “He never complains. He never wants the ball. He just wants to win.”

He said that Birch enjoys blocking shots and playing defense, adding that he’d love to team up with the power forward again at Pitt.

“He’s amazing, he’s a funny guy,” Davis said. “I would like to play with Khem again, I just have to look at my options.”




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