Seventh grade is the time in Davon Joyner's life that he said he and his family moved away from Inglewood. One of the first things he recognized on the streets of Costa Mesa was something some locals might take for granted.
"There [are] people walking around. Out [where I used to live], there's no walking around," Joyner said before explaining why people stayed off the streets. "Back in my old neighborhood, it was dangerous, just lots of shooting, lots of just criminal activity. Police always around your house, at your house, too.
"My pets were getting stolen. I had a bunch of Rottweiler puppies. They were all stolen. I'm in love with pets. When they were stolen, I cried. That was heartbreaking. My mom was like, 'That's enough of this city.'"
Joyner was happy to leave, even though he sure missed playing basketball at the local YMCA.
Costa Mesa gave him a sense of a new beginning. A year later, while at TeWinkle Middle School, Joyner met Agustin Heredia, his future basketball coach at Estancia High.