As if the big man on campus (BMOC) wasn’t a hit sensation already, many outside of Kentucky have started to take notice of Anthony Davis. The BMOC has made a name for himself as one of the most talented players in college basketball this year. ESPN the Magazine stated that they will have the very talented freshman on the January 9th edition of the NEXT issue. He has no doubt made himself the next biggest thing in college basketball.
Inside the article, it mentions just how much of a change Davis went through from high school to his freshman year of college, and how he became a player with so much potential: “Then the Spurt happened. Davis played exactly one summer on the travel circuit before his out-of-nowhere talent made headlines. Within a month after his first tournament during his junior year, he was a top-10-ranked recruit. Although he got offers to spend his senior year at Chicago’s public school powerhouses, Davis decided to stay at Perspectives Charter School, where he averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks per game. “When I grew, it made the game a lot easier for me,” Davis says. “I didn’t have to try to shoot floaters over these giant guys.”
Now he’s a menace. Davis had blocked 14.74 percent of two-point field goals taken against him through Dec. 17 (fifth nationally), with 4.4 rejections per game (second). When Davis had seven blocks in a win over Kansas at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15, Calipari says he texted 16-year NBA vet Marcus Camby (whom he coached at UMass): “Remind you of you when you were younger?” Camby laughed and responded yes. Then Cal gets serious: “Anthony is ahead of Marcus at this stage. Marcus was good but not like this as a freshman.”
For those of you keeping up with some of the former Cats in the NBA, you may have noticed by now that Patrick Patterson has not played at all in Houston. He is, however, recovering from ankle surgery he had during the offseason. Yesterday, he finally practiced with the Rockets, and he says he plans on getting better although he is not sure when he’ll be back to play. “It felt good. As I kept progressing through, I just wanted to do more and more. It’s all about getting back to basketball shape, getting my vertical back, getting my feel for the game back.”