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Kentucky Basketball: Anthony Davis Speaks

Coach Cal probably can't wait to get started in full practices with the Wildcats this year.
Coach Cal probably can't wait to get started in full practices with the Wildcats this year.

The Lexington Herald-Leader has a conversation with Anthony Davis, and it's pretty interesting if you haven't read it yet.  From what I have listened to and read about Davis, the kid comes off as having a remarkable amount of confidence that borders on the cocky.  He's not one of those Lance Stephenson types that can't get enough of himself, he just seems like he's comfortable in his own skin and understands that his skill set is rare.  Here's a taste of the interview:

Q: How might the NBA lockout affect your thinking about turning pro?

A: "I’m not sure. I’m not keeping up with the NBA lockout. It really hurts NBA players. A lot of them really want to play and some are even going overseas to play. It really doesn’t matter to me. If it forces me to come back multiple years, I’m a student-athlete. That’s what I want to do."

It's nothing new to hear this, of course, and Davis engages in politically-correct player-speak on the issue just like every other player you have ever heard.  I think that basketball players come out of the womb with the, "I'm not even thinking about the NBA right now, I'm focused on college."  Blah blah blah.  I'm not picking on Davis here, and I'm absolutely positive he is just repeating what he's been told to say.

Still, just once I'd like to hear a kid be completely honest about his NBA aspirations, more for a change than for any other reason.  Candor is refreshing when you can get it, and even though I don't blame Davis or anyone else for repeating this mantra, I'd rather them just say "No comment" or something when asked rather than tell us they aren't thinking about it.  Of course they are.

But I'm picking silly nits here, aren't I?  I can't wait to see this kid take the court in Blue and White, and we don't have very much longer to wait.

Here's a little more AD at the BBM campout: