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Link: ESPN The Magazine names Anthony Davis 'NEXT'

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Anthony Davis is averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks as a freshman. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) Anthony Davis is averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.3 blocks as a freshman. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
Thanks to his prodigious talent and some stuffing of the ballot box by the Big Blue Nation, Anthony Davis will be featured in the Jan. 9 NEXT issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Davis was chosen from a few other promising up-and-comers through online voting as "the next big thing" in basketball. Elena Bergeron penned this feature on Davis for the issue, chronicling his ascent from a 6-foot-3 high school guard to a 6-foot-10 big man starring on the third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

Here's an excerpt:

UNTIL 24 MONTHS AGO, Anthony Davis was a nondescript set of initials. "Most people call me AD; I've never had nicknames based on my game," says the Kentucky forward. Of course not. Nicknames are a statement, affectionate and brief, describing the most obvious hook of a person.

When he was an oversize infant born in Chicago, his family took to calling him Fat Man -- a name that held most of the way through high school. But when puberty (and the basketball gods) stretched him seven inches over a few months during his junior year, it was time for a new moniker. Now, seeing the 6'10" Davis creeping along the court in practice, sticky limbs shooting out from nowhere, Kentucky coach John Calipari has taken to calling him Spider-Man. "He just goes 'pfft' and his arms go and he's hanging in the air," Calipari says.

Davis is just starting to get comfortable inside his taffy physique -- his version of a superhero suit. Two months into the season, the 220-pound freshman has already saved a win against North Carolina, snuffing John Henson's last-second jumper like spit on a birthday candle. On that play alone, Davis showed why he isn't just Tall Guy or Big Fella.

It also proved that he's figured out how to control those yards of limbs to his advantage. And people are taking notice. Fewer than 10 games into his college career, Davis was already being eyed as the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Says a Western Conference scout of the Henson block, "I saw that and I just thought, He's the type of player who justifies the entire NBA draft process."
That is some seriously high praise from an NBA scout.

LINK: Anthony Davis is NEXT

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This has been an awesome year watching this team. Anthony is a one of a kind player. This month we just need to hold on and enjoy the ride!

Kentucky Dunks

I have been watching and following UK basketball for over 40 years. This has been an awesome year. Davis is a unique player and sad to think we will only see him in a UK uniform for a 6 more games.

I expect us to hang number 8 when it is all said and done, and I am going to enjoy every minute of the big dance.

DC

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