Anthony Davis has certainly been on a special kind of ride this past year. It’s pretty safe to say that his accomplishments in the past 365 days outshine just about anything us normal folk have ever accomplished in our time. In addition to all of his collegiate accomplishments he can now add Olympic gold to his ever growing trophy case. While that medal brings instant recognition and respect from anyone, it also brings something that can only be remembered by the one who received the award, memories. Owner of two first names and Yahoo! Sports writer, Patrick Michael, went back and gave a fan perspective on Davis’ five greatest moments with the 2012 US Olympic Basketball team. The entire list can be found at the previous link, but here are his top-3 moments.
3. Davis make three-point shot
This memorable moment occurred in an exhibition prior to the Olympics. Anthony Davis made a long three-point shot against the Dominican Republic. What made this special was the eye contact between Davis and his college coach John Calipari. His body language was saying, “You should have let me shoot three-pointers at Kentucky, coach!”
2. Davis scores 12 without missing a shot
Anthony Davis’s best game in the Summer Olympics for Team USA took place against Tunisia. Not only did he score 12 points, but he didn’t miss a shot. Of course, his shots weren’t that difficult as the USA point guards had fun lobbing him passes that became easy dunks. He was 5-5 on field goal attempts and 2-2 from the free throw line.
1. Davis becomes youngest USA gold medal winner in men’s basketball
When Anthony Davis received his gold medal around his neck at 11:29 a.m. CT, he became the youngest gold medal winner in the history of USA men’s basketball. Being part of this incredible USA team is a great honor and hopefully his success in basketball is only just beginning. The 19-year-old phenom should have a great career ahead of him.
While I’ll never personally feel the rush of winning an Olympic Gold, I imagine that it must be one of the most emotional feelings an athlete can experience. The fact that Davis is now the youngest ever to receive an gold medal from the US basketball team is not only great for him personally, but also for the Kentucky Basketball program. It’s commonly stated by numerous media personalities that the Kentucky program recruits for itself and keeps doing so in unheard of ways, this is just another example. Any recruit watching must recognize the fact that Kentucky’s players are not only accomplishing their individual goals, but doing it quickly. I (or current college basketball coaches for that matter) really don’t know of a better recruiting pitch than that.