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Let's just face it: Anthony Davis is having the single greatest season by any college basketball player in history. Seriously, what hasn't he accomplished during his lone year playing for the University of Kentucky?
First, he breaks the school record for blocks in a season—only midway through the schedule! Next, he sweeps all of the National Player of the Year awards. Davis follows that up with a nomination to the First Team All-America roster.
Meanwhile, he breaks the NCAA record for blocks by a freshman. Then he leads the Kentucky Wildcats to a national championship and is named as the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.
His journey to the NBA culminated by being selected first overall in the NBA draft. Now to top it all, he is playing for the USA Men's Basketball team in the 2012 London Olympics—before playing a single minute as a professional!
In other words, Anthony Davis has had a fabulous year of basketball and has lots of hype building up about his impact on the league as a rookie. It is unknown how he will develop, as his offense is certainly raw and he needs to strengthen up badly.
Yet here he is holding his own against the best basketball players in the world and bonding with the likes of Kobe Bryant. Davis is facing a ton of pressure as the franchise-savior for the Hornets, but so far he is handling everything in stride and is experiencing the greatest learning experience that any rookie can have.
He should have a similar impact to Blake Griffin's rookie season, albeit with more emphasis on defense than offense. Davis will not be a superstar from the get go, but he will establish himself as a future dominant force during his rookie season.
Rookie Expectations: Rookie of the Year winner, high-impact starter, near the league lead in blocks.