Forward – New Orleans
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From Unknown To Blue Chipper
When he first started playing high school ball in Chicago, Anthony Davis, Jr. was an unknown both nationally and locally. This "late bloomer" emerged into the spotlight after a growth spurt and exposure on an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) traveling team helped turn him into a blue chip prospect. He was named the top player in the national class by Scout.com and ESPN.com. He was a high school All-American by every major selector and earned Co-MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic.
Davis played power forward for the University of Kentucky where he helped lead his team to an undefeated 2011–12 Southeastern Conference men's basketball season. He was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament's Most Outstanding Player when Kentucky won the National Championship. Anthony says that championship season "…was a great experience. Our coach made sure we left our egos at the door and everyone played for each other."
Anthony was selected first overall in 2012 Draft by New Orleans, where he will play power forward and center. "I'm glad New Orleans gave me a chance to play for them," Davis says. "It's a great city and a great team."
He hasn't chosen the shoe he'll wear during his rookie season yet, but when it comes to his kicks Davis prefers a shoe like the Nike Hyperdunk. "When you want to be the best, you have to go with the best. When I look for a shoe, I look for durability, style, how light it is, and that it looks good on the court."
The next place you'll be seeing this former unknown is in the bright lights of pro basketball. His advice to any young player who wants to follow in his footsteps? "Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it; anything is possible. Hard work will take you a long way."