Anthony Davis named new JV coach for boys basketball

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Derrick Kolle and Dylan Palmberg

When the boys basketball team hits the courts on Monday, they can expect to see some coaching changes.

Last year’s junior varsity coach, Clay Oakes, is stepping up to become the varsity lead assistant, and Criminal Justice teacher Anthony Davis is stepping up to replace Oakes.

The 6-foot-9 Davis will bring a strong background to the JV team, having played collegiately at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

“My college experience helped me prepare the team to hopefully be more competitive against our competition,” Davis said. “I learned that mental preparedness and seeing yourself as a winner is just as important as our skills and physical conditioning. I plan on using my past experience to bring out the winning skills and attitude in our Braves basketball program.”

Davis is excited and eager to begin his first season as the JV coach.

“I am looking forward to working with some strong, bright athletes as well as the rest of the coaching staff,” Davis said. “I am aspiring to finish the season with young men who are much more confident in themselves both mentally and physically. Seeing the players grow and own their skills both on and off the court is the ultimate goal for the season. If that happens, we can’t help but win.”

Varsity head coach Dan Streit is equally excited about the hire of Davis.

“Coach Davis has a lot of experience as a player, playing at UMKC as well as overseas,” Streit said. “He will bring better dimension to our post play, plus provide us with a lot of knowledge in the game.”