For Anthony Davis, the choice was simple.


For Anthony Davis, the choice was simple.
And it was a choice where he followed in the footsteps of some of his family members.
Davis, an honorable-mention all-state guard for the Pickering Red Devils, recently signed a scholarship offer to play collegiate basketball at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, which is located in Wesson, Miss.
“They recruited me pretty hard and it was close to home,” Davis said about the school. “I had gone to a showcase of unsigned seniors in Summitt, Miss. and the Co-Lin coach was there. Two weeks later, I’m practicing with the team and I visited the campus.”
But Copiah-Lincoln wasn’t the only school interested in the guard, who averaged 17.5 points, six steals and six assists in his only season at Pickering.
Navarro College out of Corsicana, Texas, was interested, as was Sheldon State out of Alabama.
But when it came down to it, Davis chose Copiah-Lincoln, in part, due to its style of offense and the structure of the program.
“Their offense is similar to Pickering and the program is well-organized,” Davis said.?“The people and the coaching staff were just great and I felt really comfortable there.”
His mother, Jennifer Kenney, really liked the coaching staff’s structure as well.
“They are going to keep Anthony in a structured, disciplined environment,” she said.?“And I really like that.”
She was also quick to point out the family’s connection to the school.
“Anthony’s grandmother went to school at Co-Lin,” she said. “Plus, his Aunt Laura Williams played there. It’s a really good school.”
Davis, who plans to major in sports medicine, began his high school basketball career at Leesville, being named all-district twice while with the Wampus Cats.
But he made a decision to move to Pickering late in his junior year, a choice he remains happy about.
“I should’ve been here sooner, but I’m glad I came here when I did,” he stated.
Pickering head coach Eddie Thomas was glad Davis decided to attend Pickering as well.
Not only was Davis the Red Devils’ second-leading scorer, but he led the team in steals and was a coach on the court.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this was Anthony’s team,” Thomas said.?“I wish I could’ve had him for more than a year. He put things together for us out there and he ran the team.”
And he ran the team so successfully that Davis was named first-team all-district by the coaches in 4-2A. He was also a first-team all-Vernon?Parish selection, while being chosen honorable mention all-state by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
And now with Davis going to the next level, Thomas has no doubts the point guard will succeed with the Wolfpack.
“He’s going to be successful. That’s just the type of kid he is,” Thomas said. “He will do all he can to help his team. Anthony’s a competitor.”
Pickering principal Hub Jordan, a longtime basketball coach in Vernon Parish, said Davis was more than just a basketball player, but an exemplary student.
“We’re so happy for Anthony and what he’s been able to accomplish here at Pickering,”?Jordan said.?“He is a model student and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”