LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Two years ago, Anthony Davis was able to get a taste of international basketball, ending up a reserve on the U.S. Olympic team. Much more is now expected as Team USA heads toward the World Cup in Spain next month.
Team USA began workouts in Las Vegas Monday. Davis, who played one season at Kentucky will be counted on. "If we were to throw it up today, he would be a starter," USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Chicago Tribune Wednesday.
Davis. speaking on NBA TV, recalls how much different it was two years ago when he was only 19 years old. "I came in not knowing anything, I was nervous, I was scared, and I walk in kind of star struck. Oh my God, Lebron, Kobe, ya know Chris Paul, like I was nervous to play. Now I'm just more confident, more comfortable, kind of know what the system is, what Coach K (Krzykewski) wants."
The Chicago native has improved dramatically at the offensive end, but defense remains his cornerstone. "If the offensive opportunity presents itself, of course I'm going to take it. But I'm trying to make sure guys don't score, trying to get rebounds, trying to get steals, deflections, whatever the case is."
Former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall are also competing for spots on Team USA.