It really is impressive when you look at these young players that showcase their talents in multiple sports. 2021 Caden Davis from R.J. Reynolds fits that mold and has been showing his production and talents with a basketball and football.
Racking up nearly 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns last year at quarterback and then averaging nearly 15 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 assists for the Demons on the court, Davis is continuing to catch the eyes of many.
After an impressive junior season in both though, Davis is putting in the hard work this offseason to be prepared for both as he may have an opportunity to play either sport in the coming future.
Phenom Hoops sat down with him to learn the latest of what has been going on.
PHR: First off, how has everything been going for you? What have you been working on this offseason?
Davis: Everything has been going well. I’ve been working on increasing my athleticism and strength. I’ve also been getting up a lot of shots every day.
PHR: Also a football player, how has it been balancing your workouts and all, getting ready for the upcoming season hopefully?
Davis: Since I’m working out a lot on my athleticism and strength, it kind of helps with both sports. I’ve been throwing regularly. I try to split the time equally since I’m not sure if we will still get basketball in before football starts.
PHR: On the basketball side, what are some specific things you are focusing on with your game?
Davis: Finishing with my left hand, ball handling, balance while driving to the basket, and being more explosive.
PHR: How do you think your game has grown over the past year?
Davis: My coaches asked me to run the point this year after three games, so I spent a lot of the season adjusting to handling the ball and getting the offense started. So, I would say I grew a lot in those areas. I think I have grown a lot as a scorer as well. I learned when to pull-up instead of always trying to get to the basket. I also grew as a defensive player guarding the 1-5.
PHR: How would you best describe your game on the court?
Davis: I would describe myself as a combo guard that can defend any position. I look to get my teammates involved but when we need to score, I’m the go-to.
PHR: Have you given any thoughts about which sport you may want to play at the next level?
Davis: I really don’t know what I will be playing right now but if the opportunity comes to play both, I would love it.
PHR: Have you been hearing from any college programs for either sport?
Davis: Yes, I’ve heard from some in both. I have an offer for Army in football and about 15 other schools are showing interest. Not as many in basketball but some. I think not playing these past couple of months and into the summer has slowed my basketball recruitment.
PHR: What schools have been showing interest as far as basketball?
Davis: Lynchburg, Belmont-Abbey, Mars Hill, Greensboro College, and Charleston
PHR: What have they been saying to you in general?
Davis: Just telling me about the school and basketball program. I’ve been trying to plan when I will be able to go visit them.
PHR: What schools have been showing interest as far as football?
Davis: Yale, Miami (Ohio) University, Boston College, Fordham, Navy, Columbia, Georgia Southern, Charleston Southern, Catawba, Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina, VMI, Air Force, and Lenoir-Rhyne.
PHR: What kind of mindset do you have on the field or courts, that helps you push yourself to be your best every day?
Davis: Just knowing that the better I do, the better my chances of getting to the next level. So, I try to do everything to make myself better.