Hyde Park Herald player of the week: Bronco Joell Davis

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Sports Writer

Name: Joell Davis
School: Kenwood Academy
Varsity Team: Boys Basketball
Height: 6 feet, 2 inches
Jersey no.: 5
Weight: 200 pounds
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Year: Senior

The Hyde Park Herald High School basketball player of the week is Kenwood Broncos senior captain Joell Davis.

Davis is a transfer from Northhampton High School in Boston, Mass., and is entering his senior season as the starting shooting guard for the Broncos. Davis said the most memorable moment of his basketball career thus far was his eighth grade season, as he led his team to the Massachusetts Public League Basketball Championship game, recording a near triple double, scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 9 blocks in a three point loss. Known for his fearless defense on the floor, Davis has displayed strong leadership ability since arriving on campus in the summer of 2011.

HP: How excited are you about this upcoming season?
JD: I’m very excited because, one, it’s my senior year and, two, I believe our team has a lot of goals to accomplish as a whole. I think our team has a really good chance at making a run at the city title. We really re-dedicated ourselves during the off-season. 

HP: Who do you see as your  archrivals in the Public League Red Central?
JD: I’ll say Hyde Park Academy, with Curie (Metropolitan) being a close second. Especially after they beat us last season. By them being the new basketball powerhouse in the city, they now have a target on their back and we really want to beat them this year.

HP: What is your favorite food?
JD: Fried chicken.

HP: What is your favorite TV Show?
JD: I really don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do, I mainly watch “SportsCenter” and “NBA Countdown.”

HP: Who is your favorite player?
JD:  Derrick Rose.

HP: Your favorite Chicago sports franchise?
JD: The Bulls.

HP: If you can compare last year’s Bronco’s off-season to this year’s off-season, do you believe you guys have improved?
JD: I think the chemistry is a lot better on this year’s team. Everybody works really hard. We encourage each other on both the good and the bad plays we make. When we make mistakes on the floor, we encourage our teammates to make the next big play. I see a lot of guys stepping up this year as leaders, which makes me really proud to be a part of this team.

HP: Do you currently have any scholarship offers?
JD: No, I know I have some looks and not any offers. I currently have looks from Vincennes University, Kankakee University, and a couple of schools in Utah that  might have some interest in me. 

HP: Do you play any sport other than basketball?
JD: No, but I do like watching football because I played a lot growing up.

HP: What would you like to accomplish as a player for the 2013-2014 Illinois High School Association basketball season?
JD: I would like to lead our team to the Chicago Public League City Championship and eventually go downstate and win the whole thing. Bottom line, I just want to win. 

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