It didn’t take Anthony Davis long to take the college basketball world by storm last season. In fact, I think it’s safe to say the spot atop the college basketball throne was solidified early in the season when he sent John Henson’s shot flying to seal the victory against North Carolina in a game that was highlighted on every basketball fan’s calendar. Everyone saw it. Everyone knew at that moment, if they didn’t already, Anthony Davis was going to be special.
Although he hasn’t taken the stage in a regular season NBA game yet, Anthony Davis is already starting to turn heads. As the number one draft pick, it’s not surprising that the attention is on him to see how he performs. Not every number one draft pick has come out swinging like Davis though. Most of the world has heard by now, but in a pre-season game the other night against the defending champion Miami Heat, Davis put up a cool 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
Following the game, the praise came in from a number of directions. LeBron James spoke about the future for the young man, “He’s going to be a heck of a player. He showed it tonight.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra joined in the praise as well, recollecting back to the first time he ever saw Davis play during the 2011 lockout. Spoelstra took time to visit Calipari in Lexington and was shocked at what he saw form Davis. “That’s him?” a stunned Spoelstra asked. “Obviously I was really impressed. He’s very, very skilled. You noticed that right away. He’s got the whole package. A lot of qualities that were similar to Tim Duncan when he was young.”
Even with the stars like LeBron James on the court, along with the rest of his NBA championship team, the night belonged to the youngster Anthony Davis. The buzz leaving the arena was focused squarely on him. His head coach, Monty Williams, seems more than pleased with his first pick’s early performance. “He is 19,” Williams said. “If he plays that hard and defends like that, he is going to have a pretty good season.”