Since his rise from virtual unknown to basketball superstar, Chicago native Anthony Davis has never forgotten the city he calls home, or the little known high school that helped him get to where he is today.
Attending tiny Perspectives Charter Schools – Joslin Campus located at 1930 S. Archer Ave., the school didn’t even have a gymnasium for its basketball team to practice or play in. Many practices and games would often occur in the gym of the nearby Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
According to a CSN Chicago report, Boost Mobile donated $65,000 on behalf of Davis to build the school a new basketball court which will be unveiled on Sept. 6 with the schools’ most famous alumnus in attendance.
Davis put himself and Perspectives on the map with an unbelievable growth spurt that made an unknown point guard into a highly skilled, multi-dimensional big man who has drawn comparisons to another NBA superstar who once ruled the Chicago high school basketball scene, Brooklyn Nets big man Kevin Garnett.
Despite suffering a number of injuries during his rookie season, Anthony Davis still averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals and was edged slightly by Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers for Rookie of the Year honors. Davis was still named to the All-Rookie First Team.