by Tamara Brown, recruit757
Portland Trail Blazers’ Ed Davis kicked off his free summer basketball camp at Lee Davis High School in Mechanicsville, VA.
“It feels great this is my first camp in the city and the reason why I did it is I’m from this area and I grew up here. So I just feel like it’s my job I owe it to the city to give back and be a positive influence as much as possible,” said Ed Davis.
Davis is a former Benedict High School star who led his team to two state championships and played in the McDonalds’ All Star Game and Jordan Classic as a Senior.
The 6’10 Forward averaged a double-double, 22 points and 14 rebounds, his final season of high school and continued his basketball career at the University of North Carolina.
After two years as a Tar Heel, Davis decided to follow his father, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, and enter the draft.
Davis was drafted in 2010 in the first round, 13th overall, by the Toronto Raptors and signed a multi-year contract. He set a field goal percentage record with the Raptors and ranked fourth among rookies in FGP before being traded in 2013 to the Memphis Grizzlies.
After playing two seasons with Memphis and another with the Los Angeles Lakers, Davis signed with the Blazers in 2015.
Davis traveled back to the Richmond area to give back to the youth community and provide a three-day camp that included a free t-shirt, lunch during each day of camp and the chance to be trained by coaches and professional athletes.
“Some of these kids don’t get the opportunity to go to camp for financial reasons or whatever it might be. So I just want them to have fun and take something from this that can motivate them in school or anything,” said Davis.
A few of the special guests featured at the camp along with Davis were Indiana Pacers’ Rodney Stuckey and fellow Trail Blazers’ teammates, Noah Vonleh and CJ McCollum.
“My agent put everything together but we had a lot of sponsors like El Capitán, Land Rover Richmond, Toyota of Portland, IT Sports Management and I may have forgot to name a few but all those guys made it possible,” said Davis.