A year or so ago, Kentucky Wildcats recruit and McDonald's All-American
Anthony Davis wasn't on anyone's short list of blue-chip college
basketball prospects. But after growing seven inches in a year, today he
now fInds himself the #2 overall recruit in the nation (Duke commit
Austin Rivers is #1) for the class of 2011.
"I was 6' 3" then my junior year I was 6'5," until this summer and now I'm 6'10,"" he said.
Kentucky and Duke lead all schools with four McDonald's All-Americans
in this class, and in the history of the designation, UK has scored the
fourth highest number of McDonald's All-Americans. All time, the state of Illinois has
produced the 3rd most prospects of any state. Davis is a Chicago native
who prepped at Perspectives Charter.
Recently, Davis who's averaging 32 ppg, 22rpg, and 7 bpg, had a quadruple double (points, rebounds, blocks, assists) in a game!
"I don't remember the exact stats, but it was like 30 something
points. I was amazed when I found out I had it, a lot of people were
following, knowing I needed just one more block to get it, and hoping I
would get it, but they didn't tell me until after the game. So I was
real excited about the whole situation," Davis said about his banner
Kentucky isn't a top ten team or even the best squad in the SEC right
now, but next year look out! Ashley Judd's favorite team is going to be
a major national power with Davis and three more McDonald's All-Americans coming to Rupp Arena.
Of course, Davis needs time (and a lot of food) to put on weight and
develop his body in order to sustain the pounding that comes from from banging down
low night-in and night-out at the collegiate level. He's also still
learning what he is capable of with that tremendous wingspan of his.
He's a huge fan of Lebron, and the Miami Heat is his favorite NBA team. But it's Kevin Durant he models his game after.
"so versatile- score, shoot, bring the ball up, to be 6-11 and to be
able to do so many things that he does, is amazing," he said of the
According to his ESPN recruiting profile:
No one in the 2011 class has elevated their game like Davis. He has
gone from a relative unknown to being considered one of the top if not
the top prospect in the country. He possesses a refreshingly untainted
outlook because he has not been coddled since a young age and should
have a tremendous future as a future Wildcat
For the full list of McDonald's All-Americans go here
You can see Davis and company in the All-American game at the United Center, right here in Chicago. The Boys Game tip-offs at 9:00 p.m. CT March 30, broadcasting live on
ESPN. The Girls Game begins at
6:30 p.m. CT March 30, and will broadcast live on ESPNU.
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