Davis is the fastest-rising player in the entire 2011 class. The Chicago native was a little-recruited guard until a recent eight-inch growth spurt turned him into one of the most coveted players in the country. Now a 6-foot-10 forward with a 7-4 wingspan, Davis retained his guard abilities and is comfortable playing on the wing or on the block, which should make him dangerous in UK’s dribble-drive offense.
Status: UK signee
Committed: August 13, 2010
Position: Power forward
High school: Perspectives Charter
Rivals ranking: No. 2 overall
Scout ranking: No. 1 overall
ESPN ranking: No. 1 overall
MaxPreps ranking: No. 6 overall
Brian Kersey | Associated Press
|Nov. 23||Timothy Christian||L, 73-64||41 pts, 21 rebs|
|Nov. 24||Lew Wallace (Ind.)||L, 97-63||37 pts, 15 rebs, 11 blks|
|Nov. 26||Lisle||L, 56-42||DNP – Injury|
|Nov. 27||Providence St. Mel||Loss||DNP – Injury|
|Dec. 1||Perspectives-Calumet||L, 79-47||13 pts, 12 rebs, 6 blks|
|Dec. 5||St. Charles North||L, 71-59||36 pts, 18 rebs, 5 blks|
|Dec. 14||Juarez||W, 65-58||31 pts, 21 rebs, 11 asts 9 blks|
|Dec. 16||Whitney Young||L, 76-37||15 pts, 15 rebs, 4 blks, 4 stls|
|Dec. 20||Harper||L, 74-66||46 pts, 19 rebs, 8 blks, 5 stls|
|Dec. 20||Hyde Park||L, 84-18||DNP – Stiff back|
|Dec. 21||Foreman||L, 54-50||26 pts, 11 rebs, 9 blks, 6 stls|
|Jan. 4||Best Practice||W, 58-32||24 pts, 14 rebs, 6 blks|
|Jan. 6||Westinghouse||L, 58-55||36 pts, 22 rebs|
|Jan. 11||Clemente||W, 56-41||36 pts, 15 rebs|
|Jan. 13||Wells||L, 48-37||16 pts, 15 rebs, 5 blks|
|Jan. 15||Meadowdale||L, 79-69||32 pts, 18 rebs, 6 blks|
|Jan. 17||St. John’s Prep||L, 62-53||30 pts, 16 rebs, 7 blks|
|Jan. 18||Collins||L, 70-25||DNP – Injury|
|Jan. 20||Kelvyn Park||L, 57-54||DNP – Injury|
|Jan. 25||Phoenix||W, 68-46||23 pts, 9 rebs, 14 stls, 5 blks|
|Feb. 7||Raby||L, 90-52||32 pts, 11 rebs, 6 blks|
|Feb. 22||De La Salle||L, 70-49||25 pts, 25 rebs|
|Feb. 28||Noble Street||W, 77-50||33 pts, 8 rebs, 6 asts, 6 stls|
|March 2||King||L, 60-53||30 pts, 17 rebs, 6 blks|
May 25, 2010: Davis’ hometown paper — the Chicago Sun-Times — takes a look at his meteoric rise up the recruiting rankings in just a few short months and the dangers of putting too much stock in “the next big thing” in high school basketball.
May 29, 2010: A Memphis fan site profiles Davis and his ability as a defender.
June 28, 2010: Davis bursts onto the national recruiting scene.
June 28, 2010: Davis narrows his list to three schools — Kentucky, Ohio State and Syracuse — and says he plans to announce his decision in August.
July 13, 2010: UK commitment Michael Gilchrist talks about Anthony Davis and his hope the Chicago big man will join him in Lexington.
July 15, 2010: Is it possible that Davis could become the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2011? The Sporting News thinks so.
August 13, 2010: Davis commits to Kentucky.
August 24, 2010: Scout.com names Davis the No. 1 player in the class of 2011.
Nov. 10, 2010: Davis signs with Kentucky.
Feb. 10, 2011: Davis is named to the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Feb. 10, 2011: As part of his player profile for the Nike Hoop Summit, Davis does a Q&A with USA Basketball.
Feb. 15, 2011: Davis is named to the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game.
Feb. 21, 2011: Davis’ father talks about the future Cat getting goosebumps during his first visit to Rupp Arena (pay site).
March 1, 2011: Davis talks to ESPN Rise Magazine about how far he has come in his high school career.
March 2, 2011: Davis is named a finalist for the prestigious Morgan Wootten national player of the year award.
March 2, 2011: Davis talks about his final high school game and wrapping up his career at Perspectives.
ESPN.com analyst Paul Biancardi on Davis: “What’s so impressive about Davis is that he only wants to make the right play for his team and he always seems to have great sequences throughout the game. For example, he will block a shot, start a fast break, sprint the floor and follow up his teammate’s missed shot for an offensive rebound and a put-back.”
Davis on Davis (to Scout.com): “I used to stay on the perimeter a lot, and now I’ve got to go down low and my weight hasn’t caught up with me. I’ve got to put on more pounds. It makes it a little harder playing with bigger guys, but I use my strengths – pulling up for jumpers, shooting a three, or going past them with the dribble.”