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Mar 22, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Heat 105-95. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis Poised To Be Starting Center For Team USA

Ever since his historic freshman season at the University of Kentucky, center Anthony Davis has been showing up everywhere in a big way. For starters, he was ranked the overall number one prospect coming out of high school. He then went on to lead the Kentucky Wildcats to their eighth national championship, setting a new record for blocks by a freshman in a season with 186 (six in the national championship game). Then, Anthony Davis went on to be drafted first in the NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, only to follow that up with something even crazier. Davis was named to Team USA, becoming the only player to win a national championship in college and a gold medal in the olympics in the same year.

Now, with two seasons under his belt, Anthony Davis looks to shatter some peoples perceptions once again. This past season, Davis ranked fourth in PER (Player Efficiency Rating). The only players that rated above him were Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Kevin Love. Pretty good company for a skinny guy in his second year in the league. And now, with the recent announcement of Blake Griffin and Kevin Love withdrawing from team USA, it appears as though Anthony Davis is the go to guy down in the paint. If you don’t believe me, check out the tweets from Coach K’s press conference earlier today.

And don’t think that this recent rise to the top of the rotation is something of a gift, handed to Davis because other guys withdrew. Reports out of the minicamp are that Anthony Davis is showing he can play, outperforming a lot of his peers that are there with him. Check out what some of the other players and some media members had to say below.

With reports coming out like the ones above, it appears that the rest of the world is just now figuring out what the Big Blue Nation knew back in the 2011-2012 season, Anthony Davis isn’t just a good player. He is the type of player that transcends the game, does everything well, doesn’t settle, and works his tail off to get where he is. With LeBron James coming to the downslope of his career, it is very possible Davis takes his place. And if he keeps working like he has, he might surpass “The King.”

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