Anthony Davis is getting all sorts of love today from just about everywhere, and he is a factor in the National Player of the Year race.
I'm just struggling to find an NCAA player [to compare to Anthony Davis] who had so many blocks and steals while fouling so rarely. Check his latest stat line. The 27 points on 12 shots is impressive, as is 14 boards. To me, the most staggering aspect is, "seven blocks, no fouls."
As I mentioned the other day, Anthony Davis, the NCAA leader in blocked shots, averages just over 2 fouls PER GAME. That's unheard-of. Only 43 college players average fewer fouls per game than Davis.
1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 13.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 62.9 FG% Davis didn’t have his best offensive week the past two games, going just 3-for-12 from the field for 15 total points. He’s still a menace defensively and on the boards.
Within the league, yeah, Duke and UNC have almost always been the two most feared predators, but every other team seemed to at least boast one or two scoring threats that could keep games interesting and gyms packed. Now, famed student sections like the Cameron Crazies are showing up at a decreasing rate year-over-year. Something about camping out to see your school play middling Clemson on a Sunday night just doesn’t sound appealing.
But chew on this: The Shockers (18-3) are one of seven teams whose offense and defense rank among the Top 20 in adjusted efficiency on kenpom.com. The other six? Syracuse, Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas, Ohio State and North Carolina.
Harvey-Clemons and Clemons’ daughter, the player’s aunt, are also bail bondsmen and left church to go spring the individuals. Richt initially decided to stay but, after Harvey-Clemons’ aunt forgot her ID in a vehicle at the church, Harvey-Clemons’ uncle Roy Hart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Coach Richt and Coach Bobo went to jail with my wife to take the ID to them. Coach Richt wanted one more time to talk with Josh before they hit the road. They talked at jail for about 20 or 30 minutes I guess."
"We’re getting manhandled," Calipari said. He says other teams are kicking sand in his players’ faces, "and we’re winning close games so they think it’s OK."
The point is, this is not the Royce White college basketball fans met two years ago, when White was a top in-state recruit for Minnesota coach Tubby Smith. Oh, sure, White was just as talented then as he is now, just as capable of dominating defenders on the low block. But he was also a mercurial personality whose bad behavior prevented him from ever stepping foot on the court in a Gophers uniform.
That young man has come a long way.
See Andrew Wiggins at #1? He will be at UK, I believe.
Hopefully, he'll be the next Jodie Meeks.
Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are looming ...
More Craig James douchebaggery.
Jeff Goodman doesn't think 1996 UK is among the top five ever, but he's the only one. Goodman's about as credible as a politician's promise.
It's like Kentucky is involved with everybody.
One thing that has always been an issue with Terrence Jones has been his attitude, in which most of it, I believe, can be attributed to immaturity. I still see many people harp on his demeanor but I ask, since Jones has made his return, have you seen a bad attitude? No.
Despite that, though, the Southeastern Conference was the best Division I league draw for the 14th consecutive year. SEC schools claimed six of the top 11 spots.