Question: How unexpected was it to have so many current NBA players working out in Lexington in the last few months?
Davis: “It wasn’t really unexpected. Coach Cal told us some of the main guys were going to come in. It was really fun playing against them and them trying to make us better. We learned a lot. (Former UK?player) Nazr Muhammad (of Oklahoma City) was in here and every time one of the bigs matched up against him he would tell them what to do. So would DeMarcus (Cousins), Kevin Durant, LeBron (James). Everybody was really helping us out.”
Question: How did you do against Cousins, a guy who is much thicker than you?
Davis: “He really couldn’t score because he said I was too long and blocked his shots a lot. But he really helped us and tried to make us better. I worked out with him some, too.”
Question: Do you agree with Calipari about this being an unconventional team because of so many interchangeable players?
Davis: “I know he just wants the best from us and he says this is one of the greatest teams he has had in a long time and one of the fastest teams as well. He just wants us to play hard and win a lot of games.”
Question: When he says there are a lot of interchangeable parts, what does he mean?
Davis: “There are a lot of guys — me, Terrence, Kyle — who all can shoot and dribble. There are a lot of fours (power forwards) who can beat a three (small forward), or threes who can beat twos (shooting guards). We are all interchangeable and we will have an offense that will play that way.”
Question: With so much talent, does a player like sophomore Stacy Poole have a chance to get into the playing rotation?
Davis: “He’s really been working hard. If you just work hard, you are going to play. Coach Cal really don’t care who you are. If you work hard and go out there and show him that you want to play, then he is going to play you.”
Question: Could this team be even better than you thought it might be when you signed with Kentucky?
Davis: “I really didn’t see a lot of guys play here last year. When we started playing pickup games and I saw that people here could really play and were going to help us out a lot.”
Question: Do you still sometimes think of yourself as a guard like you were before you hit such a big growth spurt in high school?
Davis: “I have got used to my 3-4 (small forward-power forward) role. He (Calipari) still lets us play out on the wing and play the perimeter, but I?still have to go down and bang with the big dogs. I can hit the 3 if needed.”
Question: What did you like best about playing for coach Cortez Hale in high school in Chicago?
Davis: “He really knew his basketball thing. He had good knowledge of the game, but he just also wanted to go out there and have fun. He wanted everybody to work hard in practice. No horse playing then. But he let you have fun in games.”
Question: How did he help you develop your skills on a team that was not overly talented at other positions?
Davis: “He knew that my teammates as we expected, but he told me that was where my leadership role came in. That is where I?had to be a leader. When you get to wherever you are going, you will have to be the same kind of leader. That is what he told me to always be a leader. Never ball hog no matter what happened. Just lead.”
Question: Is he somebody you will remain in contact with during your UK?career as well as a potential NBA career?
Davis: “Yes. I guarantee you I will always talk to him. We are real close. We have a great relationship. I am lucky to be real close to him.”
Question: Since you are such a good shot blocker, can you block freshman teammate Kyle Wiltjer’s hook shot?
Davis: “I blocked it a couple of times. It’s a real good move and nobody can really block it.”