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Khameron Davis is known for his strong work ethic as a tough defender for the men’s basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh.
The former Valor Christian standout gets that sense of urgency from his mother, Maxine Pryor, who is from Jamaica. He said she has worked 12-hour shifts in the past and is starting her own business.
“It definitely comes from my mother,” Davis said. “She has always been a hard worker. That is the reason I play defense. Defense is 90 percent heart, in my opinion. That is what I do on the defensive end.”
Davis is a key freshman guard for the Panthers.
In a recent loss to Virginia Tech in Atlantic Coast Conference play, Davis had eight points, one steal and one assist in 29 minutes as a starter.
Davis moved from Texas to Colorado when he was in sixth grade and attended Thunder Ridge Middle School in Aurora.
He also attended Fox Ridge Middle School in Aurora and later played basketball at Valor Christian, where he averaged 14.7 points and five rebounds per contest while earning second-team all-state honors.
Davis then played prep hoops at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas and then at Forest Trail Academy in North Carolina, where he averaged 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals per contest.
Davis played several years of AAU ball in the Denver area for coach Chauncey Billups Elite and won a national title in 2015 for the former NBA star.
“It was an amazing experience,” Davis said. “I learned a lot and continue to take it with me, even now. I was very thankful for that experience.”
Among his AAU teammates were Luke Neff, a sophomore at the University of Denver who played at Arvada West High; Justin Bassey, a Harvard sophomore who went to Colorado Academy; and University of Colorado freshman Dallas Walton, a product of Arvada West High.
Davis did not receive a lot of Division I attention but found a home at Pittsburgh.
“I really didn’t make another visit. I felt like Pitt was the right fit,” Davis said. “I knew if I came here they would look after me. I decided to make the leap. I am very thankful the coaches have given me (a shot). I can’t say I knew I was going to get 20 minutes (a game). I have been playing a long time.”
Davis played in the first 16 games, with nine starts, and was averaging 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest.
He was shooting 51.7 percent from the field and made 16 of his first 30 shots from 3-point range.
“There is always room for improvement,” Davis said. “I am not going to be satisfied until we win a championship. One of the biggest things for me is learning. We are a very new team. We are in a constant state of learning. For me, I always want to win. I have not been on a losing team” for a long time.
How does Davis manage Division I athletics with academics?
“Obviously, everything is harder at this level,” Davis said. “Basketball is a strain on your body. Good time management and managing your time right (is key). You have to sacrifice time with people.”
Editor’s note: David Driver has covered college basketball and the ACC as 20 years as a free-lance writer. He can be reached at www.davidsdriver.com
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