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Anthony Davis is having a special season

To break an all-time school record as a freshman is great, but to do it only nineteen games into your collegiate career is nothing short of remarkable.

Tuesday night freshman forward Anthony Davis catapulted himself ahead of fellow Cats Andre Riddick and Melvin Turpin to take sole possession of the all-time single season blocks record. Both Riddick and Turpin held the record with 83 blocks in their respective seasons. Davis surpassed them both with 5:02 left in the first half of Kentucky’s 86-63 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks, and at that point Davis didn’t even know he had just made history.

“I didn’t even know how many blocks I had,” Davis said. “I can’t keep up. The game goes so fast. I just wanted to block every shot so they don’t have a potential to score.”

Davis had seven blocks in the game pushing his season total to 89, an average of 4.7 a game. With his outstanding shot blocking ability he forces opposing offenses to find other ways to score the basketball and allows his teammates to feel incredibly comfortable on the defensive end of the floor. Kentucky is currently leading the nation in blocked shots and is second nationally in opponent field goal percentage at 35.6%.

On his record breaking block night Davis also contributed 27 points and 14 rebounds capping off one of his best performances as a Wildcat. Davis continues to flirt with achieving the first triple-double in Kentucky history coming up only three blocks short in yesterday’s game.

Davis finished 10 of 12 from the field and 7 for 8 from the foul line, his best game with at least 10 attempts. He does all of this without plays being actually called for him. Most of his points come off of offensive rebound put backs and fast break alley-oops. Coach John Calipari compared his ability to finish broken plays to his former player Marcus Camby.

“I’ve coached Marcus Camby, and Bruiser Flint called me the other day and said this kid does what Marcus Camby did for us. He clears up all your errors, and he’s back there.”

Calipari continued, “This kid does the same. He also does it in the press attack. Now all of a sudden you make any kind of mistake, and we’re throwing it to him and he’s dunking the ball. That’s a tough one to deal with.”

There’s no telling where Davis can take this block record. If he continues on this pace he will block 178 shots which would rank 6th in NCAA history , 5th on Kentucky’s career list, and set SEC season record.

Absolutely incredible.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

19 Comments for Anthony Davis is having a special season

  1. HOO HOO
    11:16 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    He’s no Cody Zeller

  2. Blue Iris
    11:16 am January 18, 2012 Permalink


  3. UKTexan
    11:19 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    UK has 1 triple double in its history. Chris Mills had 1.

  4. Maverick
    11:19 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody else tired of the Marcus Camby comparisons? Davis’ offensive skill set puts Camby’s to shame. Camby could not handle the rock and create his own shot like Davis. The sky is the limit for this kid.

  5. R K Oates
    11:22 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    just think if the NCAA Rule was in effect so Davis would have to stay another year!!! And what if he would stay all 4 years and break every single record out there…..wishful thinking…..I would donate his retired Jersey for the Rafters myself…

  6. KSRBluesman
    11:22 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Mills had a trple double his only year at UK 86 or 87

  7. Sammydog
    11:29 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Mills helped get us on probation.

  8. Carl
    11:32 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I liked the way the entire team was attacking the boards and grabbing rebounds. A much better effort than what we had seen the last couple of games.

  9. Mr. Obvious
    11:35 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Cody Zeller?? lol…that’s hilarious!! I don’t know how Zeller even got on the Wooden list.

  10. seenvic
    11:38 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wondering if Davis last night was like it used to be watching Wilt Chamberlain???

  11. Chris C.
    11:45 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, Sammy, but the article states no Cat has ever done it. That’s not true.

  12. robster
    11:49 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Davis recieved some love on the Dan Patrick show “Stat of the Day”…Go Cats!!!

  13. Jimmy
    11:56 am January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I think AD is the best player at uk all time.

  14. eddie sutton
    12:29 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, Sammydog, it was Chris Mill’s father and/or a UCLA booster/fan who supposedly saw a sealed envelope “burst open” with cash inside.

  15. bmy
    12:35 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    As great a year AD is having blocking shots, David Robinson had 207 blocked shots in 35 games in 1986…that is almost 6 blocks (5.9 to be exact) blocks per game! Hope AD can break this record…

  16. cats
    12:49 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    AD had actually gotten a lot stronger since that picture was taken. He is scary thin in that picture.

  17. jq
    12:49 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    JimmyD_ESPN Jimmy Dykes
    Just brokedown last nights gamefilm of UA at UK. Anthony Davis guarded all 5 positions last night at some point in the game.Nat’l Def POY!!

  18. LarryM
    1:02 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Whoa Jimmy, lets not get carried away big fella….All Time???
    Slow down on the AD Kool Aid!

  19. AZBlueCat
    1:40 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Watched the game over. Favorite play is the double block. AD took a shot to the head from Jones and never flinched. His complete focus was the block. This kid is truly special.