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Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 11:20 pm

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago who could prove to be the best prospect in the Class of 2011, will announce soon that he'll play college basketball at Kentucky, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The paper cited a "reliable source."

Davis' commitment would give Kentucky three of the nation's top six prospects from the Class of 2011 (according to the latest rankings at and almost certainly ensure John Calipari will sign college basketball's best class for the third consecutive year. Davis would join Michael Gilchrist (No. 1 at and Marquis Teague (No. 6 at on the list of early UK commitments. has Davis No. 5 nationally, but he is expected to be higher when the rankings are updated thanks to an unusual rise to prominence during the July evaluation period that concluded last week.

Davis was also reportedly considering Ohio State, DePaul and Syracuse.

An interesting aspect of the Sun-Times story came in the ninth paragraph, where the writer, Michael O'Brien, reported some are "alleging that the commitment cost $200,000." O'Brien described the allegation as a "rumor" and offered no sources for it. The prospect's father, Anthony Davis Sr., denied the "rumor" to the paper.

(UPDATE: The Sun-Times has removed, without explanation, the $200,000 allegation from O'Brien's story.)

(UPDATE No. 2: Lawyers representing Kentucky sent a letter to O'Brien late Wednesday formally demanding that the Sun-Times "withdraw the publication from any source from which it has been published, and issue an immediate statement that you know of no credible evidence indicating that there is any truth to the 'rumors' referred to in your article." O'Brien is yet to respond.)

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2010 5:08 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

Aside from the ignorant comments of posters like the lionsstink, no, it would not surprise me that  "alleging that the commitment cost $200,000" might be a fairly accurate estimate.  Most folks do realize that travel, phone calls, and etc are not free like breathing air.  The recruitment process of Davis cost a certain amount of money, and if he only stays one year at UK, the commitment cost would astound and confuse many people.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2010 4:53 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

You have to know that your program is dirty now that Calipari is there.  Would it really surprise anyone if this guy was paid $200,000 to go to Kentucky.  I know that it wouldn't surprise me.  I now see what Kentucky's philosophy is, if you can't beat em, cheat em.  The Cats fans were tired of getting pummeled and decided to get the dirtiest player in the game.  Enjoy a few years of success till Coach Cal leaves, then enjoy a few years of NCAA sanctions.

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2010 4:19 pm

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky

hell I dont even want the recruit now, if this bs is going to be reported. Every recruit we get for now on will most likely have lame journalists claiming "sources" told them we offered money.

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