June 5, 2013
This is the first of a multi-part series highlighting the new additions to the Tennessee men's basketball team. In this edition of "Hello My Name Is...", Vol hoops chat with freshman A.J. Davis.
Q: What's something Tennessee fans don't know about you that they might find interesting? A: "I have a twin sister, Kaela. She is attending Georgia Tech this year and will be playing basketball."
Q: Is this the first time you have been apart from your twin sister for an extended period of time? And has that been an adjustment for you? A: "This definitely will be. We are used to being with each other 24/7. So it will be different, but you have to be apart and grow up at some point in time. So it's good for us to get apart and live our own lives for a little bit."
Q: Your father, Antonio, played several years in the NBA. What's one of your coolest NBA stories from when you were little? A: "One game my dad was playing when I was a little kid. I guess I hadn't seen him in like two weeks because they had been on a long roadtrip. So we were at the game and when my mom turned her head, I ran out onto the court to see him. It was during a timeout out, but still."
Q: Kobe or Lebron? A: "I have to go with Lebron. I just love his overall game. He is someone that can do everything. He does everything on the court, he makes his teammates better, he plays defense, and he wins."
Q: You enrolled in the first session of summer school along with fellow newcomers Robert Hubbs III, Pops Ndiaye and Darius Thompson. Have you guys formed a bond as you learn your way around together?
A: "Of course! We are all new and just trying to figure it out together. When we get lost, we get lost together. When we don't know what to do, we don't know what to do together. It's just like we are brothers already since we have to figure everything out together."
Q: You continue a long line of Georgia natives who have chosen to become Vols. Talk about the level of basketball talent in your homestate. A: "Georgia is just a great basketball state. We have a lot of guys who play at major schools... like Cameron Tatum, Jordan McRae, and a lot of other great basketball players. I hope I can just continue that greatness and carry on the legacy here at Tennessee."
Q: Head coach Cuonzo Martin was a lockdown defender back in his day. If you could face coach Martin in his prime, do you think you could score on him? And if so, what would be your go-to move? A: "Oh I would put 20 or 30 points on Coach Martin. I mean Coach Martin was a great defender but he would have to guard me and I would have to guard him. I would just make him tired on offense and give him buckets."
Q: A lot of people are familiar with your father, but tell us about the role your mother, Kendra, has played in your life? A: "She is great. Everyone knows about my dad, but she does everything for me. I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without her. She is one of the biggest parts of my life."
Q: Who is the most-played artist on your iPod or smartphone right now? A: "It would have to be J. Cole. I just love his lyrics. It's nice to hear about something real and something that's not about drugs and stuff like that."
Q: What's your favorite television show? A: "I love any kind of cartoons. I'm a kid at heart."
Q: Who would play you in a movie about your life? A: "Will Smith. His whole family has it. He is funny. I mean he was in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He wore Jordans in that TV show and I love shoes. He just has it all."