Tag:Anthony Davis
Posted on: August 28, 2010 8:31 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2010 8:40 pm
 

UK adds fourth top 20 prospect

Kyle Wiltjer announced during halftime of Saturday's Boost Mobile Elite 24 all-star game in California that he is committed to play college basketball at Kentucky, meaning John Calipari now has pledges from four prospects who MaxPreps.com ranks among the top 20 in the Class of 2011.

"I want to let Coach Calipari know I'm coming to Kentucky," Wiltjer said. "I'm excited to be a part of that team."

Wiltjer is a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland who chose UK over Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Kansas, California, Texas and Wake Forest. He joins Michael Gilchrist (No. 1 at MaxPreps.com), Anthony Davis (No. 5 at MaxpPreps.com) and Marquise Teague (No. 9 at MaxPreps.com) as UK pledges, which almost certainly assures the Wildcats will have the nation's top-ranked recruiting class for the third straight year.
Posted on: August 24, 2010 8:02 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 8:03 pm
 

Who's No. 1 in Class of 2011?

Scout.com and Rivals.com both updated their national rankings Tuesday, meaning all three major services (the third being MaxPreps.com) now have refreshed lists for the Class of 2011. And they're all different. Michael Gilchrist is No. 1 at MaxPreps.com, Anthony Davis is No. 1 at Scout.com, and Austin Rivers is No. 1 at Rivals.com.

Rivers is the only prospect in the top three of each list.

Here's each organization's top 10:

----- MAXPREPS.COM -----

1. Michael Gilchrist (committed to Kentucky )
2. Austin Rivers (uncommitted)
3. Adonis Thomas (uncommitted)
4. Quincy Miller (uncommitted)
5. Bradley Beal (committed to Florida )
6. Anthony Davis (committed to Kentucky )
7. LaQuinton Ross (committed to Ohio State )
8. James McAdoo (committed to North Carolina )
9. Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky )
10. P.J. Hairston (committed to North Carolina )

----- SCOUT.COM -----

1. Anthony Davis (committed to Kentucky )
2. Quincy Miller (uncommitted)
3. Austin Rivers (uncommitted)
4. James McAdoo (committed to North Carolina )
5. Michael Gilchrist (committed to Kentucky )
6. Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky )
7. Bradley Beal (committed to Florida )
8. Adonis Thomas (uncommitted)
9. Myck Kabongo (committed to Texas )
10. Rakeem Christmas (committed to Syracuse )

----- RIVALS.COM -----

1. Austin Rivers (uncommitted)
2. Marquis Teague (committed to Kentucky )
3. Michael Gilchrist (committed to Kentucky )
4. LeBryan Nash (uncommitted)
5. Quincy Miller (uncommitted)
6. Anthony Davis (committed to Kentucky )
7. Bradley Beal (committed to Florida )
8. James McAdoo (committed to North Carolina )
9. DeAndre Daniels (uncommitted)
10. Josiah Turner (uncommitted)
Posted on: August 13, 2010 7:33 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 7:35 pm
 

Davis commits to Kentucky


Anthony Davis committed to Kentucky on Friday a week after Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times alleged that his father, Anthony Davis Sr., "negotiated a deal that promised $200,000 from someone who wanted" the heralded prospect to pledge his allegience to UK.

Anthony Davis Sr. confirmed the commitment to Scout.com.

"I hope UK is ready for the NCAA to come on in," one high-major coach texted to CBSSports.com after the story broke, point being that the NCAA will almost certainly spend time examining Davis' recruitment based on nothing more than the Sun-Times article. At this point, it doesn't matter whether the allegation has merit. This development will be scrutinized regardless, which is why many industry sources believed Davis might ultimately choose DePaul, Ohio State, Syracuse or some other college -- anybody other than Kentucky -- after last week's story went national.

But he didn't.

Consequently, John Calipari is now assured of having the nation's best recruiting class for the third straight season. Davis, ranked fifth in the Class of 2011 by Scout.com, is the third prospect ranked among the top six nationally to commit to UK. He joins Michael Gilchrist (No. 1) and Marquis Teague (No. 6).
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:47 pm
 

Column on the possible Anthony Davis lawsuit


Click this link to read my column on the possibilty of Anthony Davis filing a lawsuit against the Chicago Sun-Times.

I hope he does it.

But I bet he won't.
Posted on: August 6, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 3:05 pm
 

Kentucky responds to latest Sun-Times story


The University of Kentucky responded strongly Friday to a report by Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times that alleged Anthony Davis Sr., father of heralded recruit Anthony Davis Jr., of Chicago, "negotiated a deal that promised $200,000 from someone who wanted Davis to commit to Kentucky."

"The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story ... regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete," the statement began. "Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated “rumors” are untrue.  Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family."

It could be worth noting that Kentucky only denied "any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family," and made no mention of boosters or agents. That means although the deny is lengthy and aggressively worded, it doesn't necessarily deny what the Sun-Times reported Friday, that Davis' father "negotiated a deal that promised $200,000 from someone who wanted Davis to commit to Kentucky."

Either way, Kentucky clearly denied another aspect of the story, an allegation that the NCAA is "checking" into the recruitment of Davis.  "Mr. O’Brien’s Aug. 6 story also mischaracterizes the NCAA’s involvement in this matter by stating that the NCAA is 'checking' into the recruitment of the student-athlete. The University of Kentucky spoke with David Price, NCAA Vice President of Enforcement, who advised that the NCAA contacted Mr. O’Brien simply to inquire as to the alleged sources for his article and that 'this in no way confirms an NCAA investigation of the University' or an examination of the recruitment of the named student-athlete. It is the University’s understanding that such an inquiry represents the NCAA’s normal procedure any time allegations of misconduct are made, no matter how outrageous or unsubstantiated they may be."

Kentucky concluded its statement as follows: "The University of Kentucky has put Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times on notice that these published statements are false and defamatory. The University fully supports any action the student-athlete and his family may take against Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times. The University is also evaluating all available rights and remedies it may have against Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in responding to these false and defamatory statements."
Posted on: August 4, 2010 3:21 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2010 11:20 pm
 

Report: Chicago star set to commit to Kentucky


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 Scout.com) 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 Scout.com) and Marquis Teague (No. 6 at Scout.com) on the list of early UK commitments. Scout.com 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.)
Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:04 am
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Posted on: July 23, 2010 4:20 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Five for Friday column


LAS VEGAS -- Click this link to read my Five for Friday column.

It has references to Jon Leuer, Quincy Miller, Adonis Thomas, etc.
 
 
 
 
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