Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Elizabeth Forward's Jaquan Davidson, Hopewell's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
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Claim to fame: Davidson scored a game-high 16 points, dished nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the Warriors in their 62-29 rout of Southmoreland in the Brownsville Tournament on Friday. Davidson, also standout football player, had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 54-40 loss to Brownsville on Saturday.
“Most people see him as a football player in college, but he's that good that I think people need to recognize his basketball talent,” coach Gerald Grayson said. “It's rare that someone at his age can do everything that well. I don't see many people better than him.”
Were you happy with how you started the season?
Yeah absolutely. It was the first time with them and learning how to play.
You played at McKeesport in Quad-A last season. What experience will you bring from a larger conference to Triple-A?
Quad-A was pretty hard. There was some good competition and the game moved faster.
You still have plenty of time to make a decision, but do you see football or basketball being part of your long-term future?
Football will be a part of my future. I love the game, and I want to keep playing it.
How good can the Warriors be this season?
We can be good. We have a lot of nice players. We just have to play a team, work together and keep hustling.
Claim to fame: A Maryland recruit, Walker-Kimbrough scored a game-high 31 points — 25 in the first half — and had 10 steals to lead the Vikings to a 65-26 win over Penn Hills in the Butler Tip-Off Tournament on Friday. She added 21 points in a 41-28 win over Butler on Saturday. Walker-Kimbrough led Hopewell with 18 in a 56-13 win against Beaver Falls on Monday.
Are you happy with your performance in the early part of this season?
As long as we're winning, I'm happy. I can score zero points and as long as we get the “W.”
Can the Vikings be as good as they've been in years past?
Absolutely. It's all about hard work and how hard you work for a common goal. It's not just one person. Everyone has to have that drive and mentality to play for the same goal.
What do you have left to accomplish at the high school level?
I'd love to win a state championship. I want to at least get there. Nothing would be better than winning it.
What are you hoping to improve upon by the time you get to Maryland's campus?
Definitely my strength. I want to not only be able to take a hit, but also give it. I'm also going to work on my speed and defense.
— Brian Graham
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