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About Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis, Jr. (born March 11, 1993), is an American college basketball player at the University of Kentucky. He is playing his freshman season for the 2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats. He plays power forward/center. He is a 2012 NCAA Consensus First team All-American (unanimous). He has already established Southeastern Conference single-season blocked shots records and been named the 2012 National Player of the Year by various organizations, earning the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy and Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year.

As a high school basketball player for Chicago's Perspectives Charter School, he was unknown nationally and locally after three seasons of play. A "late bloomer", he emerged into prominence in April 2010 (the spring of his junior year) after a growth spurt and exposure on an AAU traveling team made him a blue chip prospect. Within months, he was the top-rated player in the national class of 2011 by and and the number two player by He was a high school All-American by every major selector (ESPN, Jordan, McDonald's, Parade, USA Today) and earned Co-MVP honors at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic.

High School Career - Anthony Davis

Davis is from the South Side of Chicago and played high school basketball for Perspectives Charter School, where he had attended school since sixth grade. The team plays in a division of the Chicago Public High School League that is ignored by the media. Although he went unnoticed nationally and locally after three seasons of Chicago Public League play, he blossomed in April of his junior year for an AAU travelling club team. He was soon thereafter rated as the #1 player in the class of 2011 by[5] and in the ESPNU 100. rated him the #2 player behind Austin Rivers.
In junior high school, he was known as "the little guy who would shoot threes from the corner". He ended his freshman year at a height of 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m). Davis was a 6-foot-1-inch (1.85 m) sophomore guard who finished his sophomore year at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m). He began his junior year at 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) and began his junior basketball season at a height of 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m). Davis feels fortunate to have had such a rapid growth spurt without any knee pains.

As an unheralded guard after his sophomore season, he worked out with his cousins on guard drills that their father had developed. Davis did not play in the spring/summer AAU circuit between 8th grade and his junior year. During his junior year, his family considered having him transfer to one of Chicago's basketball powerhouses, but Hyde Park Career Academy head coach Donnie Kirksey, who knew Davis, Sr. well, advised against it saying "If you're good enough, they'll find you wherever you are." Perspectives finished the season 8–15. Davis got little attention by college coaches until he started playing on Tai Streets' Meanstreets (AAU team) traveling system in the spring of his junior year.[3] That summer his talent was attention-grabbing.[10] In August 2010, Davis played in the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Oregon. In the opening game, he had 23 points and 9 rebounds.

He committed to Kentucky on August 13, 2010 amid a pay for play scandal, choosing it over his other finalists, which were DePaul, Ohio State, and Syracuse. He had officially visited DePaul and Ohio State. As late as Spring 2010 he was still unknown, but began to be noticed in mid April. In late April, Syracuse made him an offer. That spring NBA Top 100 Camp Director Dave Telep, invited him to the camp based on his dominant first half performance of the first game of the Fort Wayne, IN Spiece Fieldhouse event. On August 24, 2010, he became the number one rated player in the national class of 2011 at

"The Chicago Sun-Times covered nearly 700 boys high school basketball games last season. Anthony Davis, who just might be the best high school player in the country, didn't play in any of them."
—Michael O'Brien, Chicago Sun-Times (August 5, 2010).