With Anthony Davis’ fifth straight double-double and typically ridiculous shot-blocking output yesterday, he moved even further towards etching his name into the Kentucky basketball record books for all time. It seems appropriate, then, that we take a look at where he stands 16 games into his freshman campaign.
–First, the blocks. With his seven blocks yesterday he moved to 74 on the season, an average of 4.625/game. That puts him within ten of breaking the single-season record of 83 held by Melvin Turpin and Andre Riddick. It also puts him at #21 on the career list at Kentucky, and by the time he breaks the single-season mark sometime in the next couple of weeks he’ll pass Jorts to get all the way to 16th. Davis is on pace to end up with 143 blocks by the end of the regular season, and 157 by the time the Cats raise their third straight SEC Tournament trophy. With just a handful in the NCAA tournament, he will pass Perry Stevenson (160) and end his freshman year in fifth place for career blocks at Kentucky. Go back and read that sentence again. This kid is unbelievable. If they make the NCAA title game then he’s on pace to finish with 185, good enough for fourth in NCAA history for a single season.
–Now, the rebounds. While not as staggering as his block numbers, he’s still on pace to make a major impact on UK history, particularly for freshmen. He has 169 through 16 games, good for a 10.6 average. By regular season’s end, he’ll be comfortably in third-place for freshman all time at UK with 327 boards, only behind the two post men that preceded him under Coach Cal, Demarcus Cousins (375) and Terrence Jones (336). He’ll pass Jones in the SEC tournament and Cousins sometime in the Sweet 16. And if he maintains his double-digit rebounding average, he’ll be the first Wildcat since Kenny Walker in 1984-85 to average more than 10/game.
–Finally there’s field goal percentage. For the season he’s 79-of-124, or 63.7%, a percentage that if he maintains he’ll end in sixth place all-time for a player in a full season. Just for your information, Michael Bradley is the single-season leader at 66.7%, although he did that on 30-of-45 shots in 1997-98. Of course, the following season Bradley managed 65.7% on 239 shots, the only player in the top five all-time seasons to do it on more than 61 attempts. As a freshman, Davis’ numbers would figure to drop a little bit in conference play, but considering he seems to score half his points on dunks, it may not suffer that much and he should still end up with one of the best shooting seasons in school history.
Well, if there was any question as to whether Anthony Davis is having one of the best all-around seasons in UK history, there shouldn’t be any more. He’s doing it every way a big man should, by shooting a high percentage, grabbing boards and swatting away shots. And he’s doing it all at a potentially record-setting clip. Basketball isn’t an individual sport, and Kentucky will not sink or swim solely based on whether Davis ends up in the record books, but following his incredible season makes for a pretty good subplot as he rolls through his freshman year.
(All stats came from Jon Scott’s website. Duh.)