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Evans three-sport athlete set for basketball season

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 1:01am  |  Updated: November 30, 2011 - 6:13am
Senior guard Myles McDavid is a leader on the Evans High School basketball squad. He's also a standout defensive back and wide receiver on the school's football team and excels in track.  Photo by Justin Williams
Photo by Justin Williams
Senior guard Myles McDavid is a leader on the Evans High School basketball squad. He's also a standout defensive back and wide receiver on the school's football team and excels in track.

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College recruiting can be a cutthroat venture in which coaches battle one another for prized athletes.

The process could be even tougher for coaches who want Myles McDavid. That’s because the Evans High School star might get looks from coaches in three sports.

“The thing about Myles is it’s hard to say which sport he’s best at because he excels in each one,” Knights basketball coach Kevin Kenny said.

“In football, he had a very, very good year,” he added. “In basketball, we expect a big year. Then, you throw track in the mix. … Some people might say that’s actually his best sport.”

The 6-foot-1 senior plays guard for the basketball team. He lines up at defensive back and wide receiver and also returns kicks for the football team. With some previous experience at quarterback, the lefty even throws some passes when the coaching staff wants to toss in a gadget play.

As a junior at the state track and field meet, he finished fifth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.

Still, the senior says basketball remains his favorite.

“I like playing all kinds of sports, but basketball, that’s my first love,” he said.

Last season, McDavid averaged 12 points and nearly five assists per game after transferring from Grovetown, where he spent his first two years of high school.

There’s no doubting his scoring ability, but there are times that the Evans coaches have to convince him of it.

“We have to tell him to shoot the ball,” Kenny said. “He’s a scorer. But out of the 15 years I’ve been here, he’s probably the most unselfish kid that I’ve coached.

“… We’ve told him, ‘We’ll tell you when to stop shooting.’”

Kenny believes his team’s chances are improved when McDavid shoots. It’s what he did to close the first half of the season-opener against Harlem.

From a scoring standpoint, McDavid typically is at his best when getting steals and turning them into fast breaks.

Against the Bulldogs, he showed off his athletic ability by going up for a dunk that wowed everybody. It also gave Evans a 12-point lead and plenty of momentum in a 74-50 win.

“I was excited. Our kids were excited,” Kenny said. “It was a two-handed dunk, not in a fast break, but just in the offense. He leaps so quick and so high that no one really expected it.”

McDavid is chasing a milestone of 1,000 career points this season, but he won’t let that goal change his unselfish style.

“I like to try to get my man a little off balance so I can try to penetrate,” he said of his offensive mentality. “Then, I’ll go for the kick-out or go up and make the basket.”

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