Lovely Davis is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2021.
The 5-foot-7, 125-pound Davis, who attends Superior Collegiate Academy, is a versatile player that plays as a shooting guard and small forward.
No matter the opponent, on each play Davis is determined to give it her all.
Davis is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Davis steps between the lines.
“My mindset is to give 100 percent and go hard,” Davis said. “Leave it all out between those lines every time I step on the court. I won’t be outworked. My opponent has to work for everything they get.”
Davis has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the hardwood. Davis tells why she enjoys the game of basketball so much.
“I love the rush and the moment of when I'm in the game,” Davis said. “It's not just about the sport it's about the release of all my negative feelings and thoughts.”
Davis has learned many valuable lessons from playing basketball that she applies to her everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Basketball has taught me so much,” Davis said. “Basketball has taught me to be a team player and how to communicate and share.”
Davis describes her favorite basketball moment.
“It was in one of our season games and me and my players really came together not just as a team but as a family too and I was very proud of my team,” Davis said.
Allen Bostick is in his first season coaching Davis with Superior Collegiate Academy and also trains her at his company, Dig Deep Basketball.
Bostick explains the best parts of Davis’ game.
“She crashes the boards, has a beautiful stroke, is a hard worker and receptive to everything. With a little more learning of the game she's going to be great,” Bostick said. “At the shooting guard position she’s a great defender. She shoots the ball from long-range pretty good. At small forward she’s great around the basket with rebounding, set picks and defensively around the paint she’s pretty good. She loves to work hard at everything she does.”
Davis takes her role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Davis makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.
“I try to be a good teammate by always trying to encourage my teammates to do their best at all times,” Davis said. “I feel that I work hard and try my best to keep my head up in difficult situations, and I feel that I can be encouraging when my teammates are down and doubting themselves.”
Bostick adds that Davis is one of those consummate teammates that every locker room needs to be successful.
“She has loving as her name and it suits her. She’s on top of everybody and owns up to her own mistakes,” Bostick said. “She leads by example. She’s a 4.0 student and takes the books very seriously. She has the brains to go with being a baller.”
Davis is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.
“My coach always told me to keep my head up and focus on my progress instead of trying to compete to be the best,” Davis said. “My coach told me that only I can chose whether or not I achieve my goals and I decide whether or not I let distractions get to my head.”
Bostick recalls examples of Davis’ capabilities.
“In the West Palm Beach Palms tournament she hit two big free throws to take us into overtime and then hit a big jump shot to take us into the second overtime,” Bostick said.
In addition to making clutch plays, Davis also has a high level of basketball IQ as well.
Davis has excellent basketball awareness that puts her in position to thrive.
“In game situations she has excellent basketball IQ,” Bostick said. “She always knows where to be, when to box out and has a knack for the ball. Her intelligence is a major asset for our team in crunch time and when the game is on the line. She’s a soothing presence on the floor for us thanks to her smarts”
Davis is always on the grind to perfect and hone her craft.
“She has a great attitude every day,” Bostick said. “She is a very hard worker. She trains two days a week and her work ethic is unbelievable. She’s never content. She always wants to find a way to develop her skills.”
Bostick explains why Davis has the grit and tenacity of this NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion forward from the Golden State Warriors.
That pesky player who constantly harrasses the opponent and is adored by teammates.
“She’s just like Draymond Green. She plays that role for our team on a daily basis,” Bostick said. “She does everything for the team. She’s great on defense and going for loose balls.”
Bostick outlines the next areas of improvement from Davis.
“She can get better at everything because being great is not focusing on one thing and that's what I tell her,” Bostick said.
Davis lists her favorite subject in school as math.
“Because I enjoy the new challenges and subjects,” Davis said. “Math is a subject that is universal and is useful in the real world. Understanding math is important to your life.”
Davis is constantly striving for greatness.
“My goals on the court are to dig deep and work hard to become a better player and help my teammates succeed,” Davis said. “My goals off the court are to be kind and focus on maintaining my 4.0 G.P.A.”
Davis doesn’t currently have a specific college that she dreams of. Instead, she’s focused on making the most of each day.
Bostick believes the best is yet to come as long as Davis continues to stay hungry.
“Her potential is high,” Bostick said. “She's like a sponge. The sky's the limit for this girl.”
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