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Prospect Profile

Anthony Davis

  • Full Name: Anthony Davis
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 225
  • Birthdate: March 11, 1993
  • College: Kentucky
New Orleans Hornets Round 1: Pick 1
 

Strengths:
*Great shot blocker
*Great rebounder
*7-foot-4 wingspan
*Can put the ball on the floor
*Has face-up jumper with range out to 3-point line
*Unselfish as they come
*Great competitor
 
Weaknesses:
*Has to get bigger and stronger
 
NBA projection:
Davis will be the No. 1 pick in the draft, and once he gets into the NBA, he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with — on both ends of the floor. But he’ll always be a team player who doesn’t demand the ball. He wants to win basketball games, period, and he’ll do whatever he’s asked to make sure that happens.
 
2011-12 Season:
Davis was the consensus national player of the year, national freshman of the year and national defensive player of the year. Need we say more? Why not? Davis was the nation’s leading shot blocker as he set school, Southeastern Conference and national records for a freshman. As the season progressed, he also began to showcase his offensive game. He got most of his points on dunks off of lobs and dribble hand-offs early in the year. But he was allowed to do more and more, including putting the ball on the floor, taking elbow jump shots and 3-pointers and using a mechanically sound jump hook.
 
Key statistics:
14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.06 tpg, 1.4 spg, 4.7 bpg, 32.0 mpg, .624 FG, .150 3PT, .709 FT
 
Cool statistic:
Davis broke the Kentucky single-season record for blocks by more than 100 — 187 to 83. He also broke the SEC single-season record (Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State blocked 170 in 2009 and 2010) and the NCAA freshman record (Hassan Whiteside of Marshall set the previous standard of 182 in 2010).
 
Reminds me of:
Kevin Garnett.
 
What Insiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
“Could you imagine if we went at Davis every possession, could you imagine if he shot 22 times a game? Could you imagine if he played that way, how good he would be, the shots he would take, the 3s he would have taken well before? The behind the back dribble by a kid that is 6-11. … We’re letting him shoot 3s because he went in the drill and I said ‘if you make 45 I’ll let you shoot 3s’ and he made 47. He was doing jumping jacks and did a kart wheel, so we put a play in to let him shoot 3s. He’s a special player; I’m not taking anything away from Thomas Robinson. He is an outstanding player, he is tough, hard-nosed, he wills them to win, [but] I like my guy.”
 
What Outsiders Say:
Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade
“Looking at him on TV, he’s really tall and lanky and you don’t think he’d be that physical, but actually that guy is pretty physical. He gets in there; he’s relentless. You hit him one time, and he’s just going to go back into you again. He gives a second and third effort. He’s always on the move. He’s always on attack. I went down there one time, and he just told his guys, ‘Just bring him in here, I’m going to block everything.’”
 
Florida coach Billy Donovan:
“One thing about him that’s very unique is he’s not 7-1 or 7-2. He’s a quick jumper and he’s got long arms. There are times guys shoot balls against him or go to the basket, and he has an ability to come a lot longer than he appears, and very quickly [and block the shot]. I remember when Shaquille O’Neal was in the [SEC]; he’s 7-1 standing back there and you can see the size. Davis is very deceptive in how long he can become when he leaves the floor.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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