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Anthony Davis headlines SI’s All-Decade Team

Sports Illustrated gives their best five players of college basketball over the past 10 seasons.

NCAA Men’s Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images

It has been one heck of a decade for college basketball. The game has evolved in a beautiful way, and we have seen so many talented players flow through different programs.

As we wrap up the decade, which is crazy to say, a lot of journalists are taking a look back and analyzing the best players, teams, moments, etc.

Sports Illustrated just dropped their All-Decade basketball team, and of course, at least one Kentucky player had to make the list: Anthony Davis.

Davis was one of the most dominant players college basketball has ever seen. He could hurt you in a multitude of ways. On the offensive end, he scored 14.2 ppg to go with 10 rpg.

Where he really hurt teams though was on the defensive end. He averaged nearly five blocks a game throughout the year, a feat that we hadn’t seen in college basketball since Shaquille O’Neal played at LSU.

It was a very exciting season to be a part of as a fan. To see him lead Kentucky to an astonishing 38-2 record and capturing the National Championship was definitely something to behold.

As for the rest of the team, here is who made the cut on the First Team:

  • Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • Zion Williamson, Duke
  • Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
  • Kemba Walker, Connecticut
  • Doug McDermott, Creighton

It was exciting to watch each of these players play in College and I have no complaints about anyone on the list. Here’s the excerpt from SI talking about Davis and his impact on the game:

“No interior defender shaped the game quite like Davis in the 2010s. His 186 blocks as a freshman are the most of any player since 2010, and the most of any major conference player since block data became available in 1992. Davis blocked five-plus shots in 20 of 40 games. He had double-digit rebounds in 23 contests. No game illustrates Davis’s dominance quite like the 2012 national championship, a 67–59 Wildcats win over Kansas. Davis shot just 1 of 10 from the floor, but he was still the matchup’s most impactful force. He hauled in 16 rebounds and blocked six shots, adding three steals and five assists. The Jayhawks shot just 33% from two in the loss, at first denied at the rim, then deterred from even driving into the lane in the second half.

“Davis was the ultimate rim protector at Kentucky, flashing the elite physical traits desired of the NBA’s No. 1 pick. Its no wonder why Davis was a consensus All-American in his lone season in Lexington. —Michael Shapiro.”

It was definitely fun to watch and enjoy. Now, I wish Davis the best of luck as he joins a Lakers team that is poised to make a run at the NBA Title.