When college basketball's season began in early November, the expectations for freshman Anthony Davis were high.
He was No. 2-rated high school player by Rivals, and a first-team high school all-American.
But it's still had to have been somewhat of a pleasant surprise to see how well things have played out.
Davis has separated himself as a front-runner for national player of the year, while remaining team-oriented with unselfish play and quality defense.
"Anthony is a tremendous shot blocker with great size and length. He can make 3-pointers, dribble the ball and he can get up and down the court faster than some of our guards because of his long, looping strides," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said of Davis.
"He's a different player than Marcus Camby, but he's physically ahead of where Marcus was to start his freshman season."
Quite the compliment.
There are others in the national player of the year mix: Thomas Robinson of Kansas is thought by many to be competing with Davis for the award.
ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb believes that it comes down to "splitting hairs" between Robinson and Davis.
“My argument of why Thomas Robinson would be player of the year at this point is if you take him off of Kansas’s team, I’m not sure they make the NCAA tournament,” Gottlieb said.
“If you take Davis off Kentucky, it’s still a good team, still a top-25 team, and now they have a chance to win the championship.”
We, on the other hand, will examine six reasons why Davis is a clear-cut favorite over Robinson, or anyone else for that matter.