Kentucky Basketball: Has Anthony Davis Been Jinxed Like Harrison Barnes?

Ro ShiellAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2011

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 27:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in action against Darius Miller #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Prudential Center on March 27, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Last season, Harrison Barnes was jinxed by his selection to the AP All-America first team raising expectations for the North Carolina small forward.

The freshman then went on to have a terrible start to his season but was able to regain form late season.

Like Barnes, Anthony Davis is the No. 1 prospect in his class and he has been selected by Sporting News to their first preseason All-America team. This was their reasoning:

Because it has become tradition to have at least one freshman on the first team, right? Actually, it’s because the 6-10 Davis consistently has dominated the nation’s top prep big men the past couple of years, and he’ll step right into an impact role at Kentucky.

A power forward is more inclined to make a more immediate impact in college basketball rather than a wing player.

Hence Davis is a justifiable pick though Kendall Marshall might have been a better pick in that forward-heavy team.

Other players making the first team are Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Lamb and Baylor's Perry Jones.

Sporting News seems to like the forwards, as their second team is laden with post players.

The second team is made up of Jordan Taylor, Tyler Zeller, John Shurma, Terrence Jones and Thomas Robinson.

Duke freshman Austin Rivers was selected to the third team, with John Jenkins (Vanderbilt) Tu Holloway (Xavier), Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Ashton Gibbs (Pitt).