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Anthony Davis
Ht/Wt: 6-10 / 220 lbs
Position: PF
Team: Kentucky
Class: Freshman

2012 Draft Profile - Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is making a POY run on the nations #1 team. As a highly touted freshman A Davis is living up to the hype and is certainly one and done, and it would be shocking if he didnít go #1 at this point. What makes Davis special, as well as unusual for a prospect is he learned the game as a wing player only to grow 8inches in hs into a 6ft10 player with a 7ft4 inch wing span!, not to mention he has retained all the ability he developed as a wing player. Anthony has been dominant as a defender, due to his length, mobility and timing as a shot blocker. He defends the goal well, he can slide off his man to send back layups and dunks, but what is more impressive is the advantage he has defensively on bigs in one on one, his timing, length and quickness is so good it is extremely difficult for a big to get a good shot on one on one, even if they settle of an outside shot or turnaround Anthony can use his ability to block. Anthony has great anticipation and range defensively, he has blocked 18 3pt attempts so far (amazing), and averages 1.5 steals per game. Rarely do you see a big man prospect touted as a defensive stopper who can shut down his man one on one. The same skill set that make him dominate defensively allows Anthony to be the leading rebounder in the SEC. Offensively Davis has some ability and potential to get better, his touch and fluidity is very good for his size. I have never seen a player with his wingspan have his body control, this allows him to not only dominate defensively while staying out of foul trouble, but Anthony is adept at finishing on the offensive glass, or laying in off balance and difficult shots with a soft touch. Anthony also has a nice stroke, he can shoot the mid range jumper and is solid at the FT line which is promising for such a young post player.. Even though his points per game is under 14 right not his FG% is over 65% (outstanding), and KY are usually blowing teams out and he is not needed to play long minutes every game.

The negatives for Anthony will start with size and strength. Even though his length and athleticism is ideal he is too light for an NBA big at around 225lbs. Anthony will probably never be a player who uses a lot of muscle or looked at as an explosive player but it is his wiry strength and agility that wins down low. Anthony doesnít have many go to moves in the post, and has not showed a lot of go to scoring ability. His size will bring durability concerns.

Anthony Davis is the 2nd coming of Marcus Camby, both players played under Coach Cal and Davis is dominating much the same way Camby did his 2 years at UMASS where he was an all American performer and led UMASS to a nearly unbeaten, National Champion runner up season. Camby struggled with injuries early on in his career but has had a long, successful NBA career, although he never became the offensive player some thought he would Camby has been one of the top defenders and rebounders for over a decade. I think Davis looks like a good, safe #1 pick, I think a Camby like career is easy to project, many think that Davis is the better athlete but it could be easy to forget in his younger days Camby was a gazelle, I do think Davis matches his athletic ability, a little more length and much better shooting stroke. If Davis becomes the deadly jump shooter it will be scary for his opposition.
Player profile submitted by: Tom Patterson

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