Anthony Davis Brilliant in Kentucky's Win Over Vanderbilt
Kentucky has hung on to the #1 ranking in the nation, with a player who many deem to be the likely #1 pick in the 2012 Draft. In an 83-74 Kentucky victory over Vanderbilt, Anthony Davis had a performance that could only be described as dominant. Scoring a career high 28 points (10-11 FG, 8-9 FT) to go with 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots, it seemed Vanderbilt could do nothing to slow the freshman big man down. Displaying his usual skill for scoring around the basket, Davis also showed excellent form and touch on some jumpers that hit all net.
Anthony Davis is seen as a legitimate candidate and possible front runner for most of the major college basketball awards. The 6'10 freshman is averaging 14.3 ppg (65.8% FG, 71.7% FT), 9.8 rpg and a nation leading 4.8 bpg. Definitely seen as the favorite for Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Davis is neck and neck with Thomas Robinson for the 3 major NCAA Player of the Year awards.
Almost pre-ordained by many to be the odds on favorite for #1 pick in the 2012 Draft, Davis seems to keep building his case. His energy level as a big man is impressive and he seems to be all over the court as a defender. Vanderbilt senior big man Festus Ezeli was still able to score a few post buckets on the smaller Davis, but the freshman obviously got the best of the match-up. Davis is indeed wiry and will need to build strength, but he looks to be in a similar mold to a Chris Bosh. Bosh might have been further along as an offensive player, but Davis' athleticism and defensive acumen may give him even more upside as a prospect.