A Hollywood screenwriter could not write a better year for former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis, who may have had the best year ever of any college basketball player. Just a bit over two years ago, Davis was being recruited by the likes of Cleveland State. Then the infamous growth spurt occurred and Davis found himself the top player in high school. And ended up as part of college basketball’s best recruiting class. And helped lead his team to an undefeated season in the SEC. For this season, he won multiple player of the year awards. And followed that up with a national title. He then became a media star in his own right and dominated late night television. And was picked number one on the NBA Draft. And followed that up with Olympic Gold.
Whew. Words can’t describe what Anthony Davis must be feeling after becoming the 10th Wildcat to win Olympic Gold, but perhaps these pictures can:
As I mentioned before, Davis is the tenth Wildcat to receive Olympic gold and he and Tayshaun Prince are the first Wildcats ever to win back-to-back gold. Before Davis and Prince in 2008, it had been 28 years since Sam Bowie got gold in 1980. Here are the rest of the Wildcats to get Olympic basketball gold: Adrian Smith (1960), Billy Evans (1956), Ken Rollins (1948), Wallace Jones (1948), Alex Groza (1948), Ralph Beard (1948) and Cliff Barker (1948).
How about that 1948 Olympic Team with five former Wildcats? Well, IF (and that is a big IF) the 23 and under age limit goes in effect for the 2016 Olympics, we could see almost a repeat of that team. According to this, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Nerlens Noel could all be wearing red, white, and blue. It gets more interesting when you throw in players that Kentucky is recruiting like Jabari Parker, Andrew Harrison, and Aaron Gordon. As for now, it appears that there will be no age limit in 2016, but its fun to speculate.