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Anthony Davis Spreads Love In His Hood 

Before Anthony Davis became a giant among men, he turned Perspectives Charter (Chicago) into a high school juggernaut.

Before Anthony Davis became a giant among men, he turned Perspectives Charter (Chicago) into a high school juggernaut.

The road to greatness wasn't easy in Chi-Town, as the former Kentucky Wildcat and current New Orleans Pelicans star had to bus to another facility for practice while at the school.

Now that Davis is an NBA baller, he is making sure his alma matter's future generations have their own court to breed more NBA studs from the Windy City.

According to the Courier-Journal , Davis and Boost Mobile partnered to donate $65,000 toward a new home court for the school. The court, which was unveiled Friday, is open to all kids from the neighborhood.


After flashing some teeth and spinning a basketball on his finger, Davis addressed the group of local residents, educators and community representatives in attendance.


“This is your court to have fun with and use it. Just take care of it…and if anybody wants to play me one on one I’ll destroy you,” Davis jokingly said on a local Chicago cable station.

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"It's a very unique and incredible story," Perspectives athletic director Vinay Mullick told the Courier-Journal. "He (Davis) persevered, stuck with a sport and overcame a lot of obstacles we had to even have a team."

Davis hit a massive growth spurt and by his senior season he was a 6-10, athletic center and the No. 1 prospect in the country. Davis averaged 32 points and 18 rebounds his last year at Perspectives Charter and the rest is history. If every NBA player takes young Davis’ lead and drops a light 50 G’s on improving their neighborhood’s extra-curricular resources, the inner-cities would produce much more productive and less destructive youth.


JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.