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Go vote for Anthony Davis as ESPN the Magazine’s “NEXT” Athlete

Anthony Davis: NEXT to…swat the ball in your face? Bring unibrows back in fashion? Make Jared Sullinger cry?

Anthony Davis said hello to the basketball world with one resounding swat this weekend; not surprisingly, the world is responding with open arms. Today, ESPN the Magazine (yes, it still exists) named Davis one of five finalists for their “NEXT” Award in the Basketball category. The NEXT awards are given to the athletes the magazine feels are “not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports.” Past NEXT athletes include LeBron James, Jose Reyes, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Ryan, Kevin Durant and Candace Parker. Our very own John Wall was named a NEXT finalist back in 2010 after being selected number one in the NBA draft.

Other finalists for the basketball NEXT category include Andre Drummond, Perry Jones, Jabari Parker, and Kyrie Irving. Here’s what the magazine has to say about Davis:

AGE: 18 | HOMETOWN: Chicago
FAME CLAIM: 2011 McDonald’s All-American; ESPNU No. 1 recruit overall for Class of 2011

For Anthony Davis, basketball is all about being like Kevin. “Kevin Durant on offense, Kevin Garnett on defense,” Davis says when asked to describe the game he’s building. The Kentucky frosh, the top-rated prospect in his class, isn’t being hyperbolic. An NBA Eastern Conference executive also brought up KG’s name in describing the 6’10” forward, and the comparison didn’t just end at their skill sets. “He has ‘it,'” the exec says. “He has Garnett’s demeanor. When you watch him, you know he’s going to be special. He has a fluidity and grace that is unusual. He is probably the first pick in the draft.” But that same exec also says it wouldn’t surprise him if Davis were to spend another year at Kentucky, a la Jared Sullinger at Ohio State. Because as skilled as Davis is — blocking shots with either hand, attacking the rim, nailing face-up jumpers — he is obsessed with getting better. The Chicago native landed at Kentucky in part because of John Calipari’s willingness to push him, and he’s already trying to add a more refined post game to his repertoire. If that happens? The possibilities are downright scary.

Once you stop drooling over that quote about Davis possibly staying another year, I’m putting you to work. The award features a fan vote, too! You can go vote for Davis as the NEXT athlete in basketball here. He’s currently in the lead, and if anyone can keep him there, it’s us.

Do your duty, Big Blue Nation.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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31 Comments for Go vote for Anthony Davis as ESPN the Magazine’s “NEXT” Athlete

  1. Dr. Huwang
    5:06 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    bow to the brow

  2. string music
    5:06 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink


  3. Teetot
    5:08 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    The CBS logo in the lady’s hair makes her very strange.

  4. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    5:09 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Waste of time. Being as Kyrie Irving was a Dukie, he is the obvious choice for ESPN’s Next athlete. I’m sure some votes will “get lost” or something to help Kyrie win the vote

  5. CalifCatFan
    5:11 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    I voted.

  6. Me
    5:13 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    ok, did that just say A.Davis was coming back for another year???

    wouldn’t that be a sum’bitch? could you imagine the things media/other fans would say about that?

  7. Sirious
    5:29 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Davis’ brow looks like bicycle handlebars in this picture. It’s like a rorschach test.

  8. dude
    5:40 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    i voted. He is a stud and (7) studs are not slaves to fashion, they are the fashion. I love the brow.

  9. Biggun Roberts
    5:45 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Those 2 guys behind Anthony Davis have killer mustache’s like me!

  10. Shawn
    5:46 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    I just voted and Anthony has 78% of the vote.

  11. Head of Cheese
    5:55 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    NO NO NO. I love Anthony, but I WILL NOT go to ESPN’s website. ESPN can go to hell.

  12. Lovely
    5:57 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Another year? I think Rupp would explode with the awesomeness.

  13. Mike
    5:58 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    The girl in the pic has something wrong with her hair.

  14. You Can Call Me Cal
    6:01 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    AD be on the “browl”! Bill Russell redux! Look it up yung’ns.

  15. Anfernee
    6:11 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    hahaha Davis already has Irving and those other busters beat by 70+ percent on the ESPN NEXT poll.

  16. JR.
    6:13 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Our man Davis is in the lead with 80%. Keep pushing him up BBN, show the power of Blue.

  17. JR.
    6:17 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    My bad, I thought she was from the Star gate series.

  18. mashburnfan1
    6:21 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    BBN strikes again. At 6:21 pm Ant has 80% of the 4400 votes.
    C-A-T-S C-A-T-S C-A-T-S

    6:21 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Davis is at 80% with Andre Drummond coming in at a close second with 7% of the votes.. BBN is unreal.

  20. Dane Brammage
    6:23 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Anthony Davis’ unibrow, in the above photo, looks like the handle bars of a bike. It compliments nicely the lovely lady’s CBS hairstyle.

  21. Cats Fan
    6:28 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    No way he comes back. I mean why would you come back if you were the #1 pick? You would have to be an idiot, plus theres no way Cal even lets him back anyways. Stupid comment, don’t get your hopes up people.

  22. Hal
    6:42 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    someone know the whereabouts of the creepy guy behind AD and, more importantly, whoever he’s about to steal

  23. Mack
    6:45 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Come back?????????????? Man I don’t know. He could get a lot better in another year with the CATS & Coach but if he is going number 1 this year or next would it be worth it to him and his family. Don’t get me wrong it would be more than great for the CATS and I would love it!

  24. Jack
    7:11 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    We’re at 81% already hahahahaha

  25. Hard Hittin' CAT
    7:15 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Shouldn’t Terrence “Runaway” Jones be on that list. He’s been more of the superstar so far.

    Davis is a beast but Jones is my man so far.

  26. Curtis Blueblood
    7:24 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    What’s up with North Carolina moving up in the AP POLL!!! I thought you drop when you lose!!! What,.. they call it a draw! Because they onlt lost by one!! Somebody EXPLAIN this one!

  27. Nick Papageorgio
    7:50 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink


  28. bung
    7:57 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    zombies chase us…

  29. John Calipari
    11:45 pm December 5, 2011 Permalink

    Like I always say I want draft picks more than titles, so like Boogie Cousins before him I’ll be pushing him out the door even if he wants to come back.

  30. Catsfando
    12:47 am December 6, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t believe Calipari ever said that #29. Just trolling again are we. I think Cal needs a title or two to complete his resume.

  31. Catsfando
    12:54 am December 6, 2011 Permalink

    #29 I think you’re blowing smoke and Cal never said anything like that. Yes he loves to get his players to the pros. Sure helps his recruiting. I do believe his main objective is to win National Championships and if we don’t win a championship and a player is ready its every coach’s job to best serve his players.