It might be remembered as the best individual performance of the entire summer.
We're talking about the 24-point, 14-rebound effort that 6-foot-9 Anthony Davis from Chicago (Perspective Christian) Ill., had in the evening session Tuesday in Mean Streets' 56-45 win over the New Jersey Playaz in the NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
When he wanted to block your shot, he did. When he wanted to beat his man up the court, he did. When he wanted to get a big rebound, he did. When he wanted to dunk in your face, he did. The big key is that Davis much more aggressive and confident than he was when we last saw him less than a week ago at the LeBron James King City Classic. And, in the process, he held 6-8 junior Kyle Anderson from Jersey City (St. Anthony) N.J., who is one of the best players and leading rebounders in the tournament, to only 10 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals, and 3-12 field goals.
Davis also more than held his own yesterday morning when he finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, and 5-10 field goals against none other than 6-8 Michael Gilchrist from Elizabeth, N.J., who had 26 points, nine rebounds, and 7-14 field goals in that game.
He's also one of the best shot blockers to come down the pike in a long time and few players his size have the motor and the ability to run the court like Davis does. We've heard him compared to everybody under the sun, but we still like our Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comparison the best due to his court demeanor, long lanky frame, and ability to effect the game in so many different ways.
Roy Schmidt of the Illinois Bulls-eye Report not only agrees, but goes so far as to include Davis on a very exclusive list, along with players like Isiah Thomas, Mark Aquire, Terry Cummings, Ben Wilson, Marcus Liberty, Kevin Garnett, and Derrick Rose, as one of the best high school players to ever play in the Windy City.
The only down side is that we won't get to see Davis again in this tournament due to the fact that his team lost to the Spiece Indy Heat, 70-66, and, as a result, did not get out of pool play.