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Anthony Davis: Latest NBA Draft Scouting Report for Final Four MVP

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IApril 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates before he cuts down the net after the Wildcats defeat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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With the NCAA Tournament now in the books, all focus now turns to June's NBA Draft for the top NBA prospects in the college game.

That means Kentucky's Anthony Davis will be under the microscope, as the tournament's MOP will be under the microscope as he's projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

But while everyone expects Davis to be a great NBA player, what are people saying about him? Here's a look at the latest scouting reports on the future NBA big man.

ESPN's Chad Ford has a detailed breakdown in his player profile section on ESPN.com.

Positives
  • Long, athletic wing
  • Excellent rebounder and shot blocker
  • Good ball handler for his size
  • Excels at taking people off the dribble
  • Can defend multiple positions
  • Tough
  • Terrific motor
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength/muscle
  • Still figuring out how to play in the post

A more in-depth scouting report can be found at swishscout.com, where they get into great detail of every aspect of Davis' game.

Does Well:
  • Prototypical size for an NBA post player at 6’10”, elite length with a 7’4” wingspan, decent shoulder base to add necessary muscle
  • Excellent mobility and athleticism for a big, great quickness, speed and leaping ability, runs the floor well can get out in transition
  • High basketball IQ, great natural feel for the game, play maker on both ends of the floor, versatile big, hustles on every play
  • Intimidator in the paint, shot changing defensive presence, elite defensive instincts, anticipation and timing, help defender and post doubler
  • Standout rebounder with his size, length, positioning and top tier motor, great offensive rebounder who gets multiple put backs per game, great hands
  • Upside unlimited, possesses everything you would want from an NBA post player and more, multi-skilled big with star potential
Must Improve:
  • Fill out his frame with muscle and continue to add strength, solid 15 lbs necessary to “bang” at the next level, gets outmuscled and overpowered as is
  • Badly needs to refine back to basket play, improve post footwork, find reliable ‘go to’ move, be more patient in the post and not rush into moves, raw offensively
  • Jumper needs work; doesn’t get set and shoot in rhythm all the time, face up game unreliable and touch from midrange is subpar
  • Post defense and body up his man in the post, improve defensive discipline, will bite on pump fakes and goes for the block almost every time, gives up great position to man due to lack of strength, not very physical

Like it or not, Davis is one of the best pro big-man prospects in quite some time. He's a guard in a big man's body who can dominate the game without ever having the ball in his hands.

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He will make a huge impact in the NBA blocking shots and rebounding. Davis has great footwork and instincts on the defensive end that simply can't be taught. He's smooth for a big man and moves around the court like a guard.

It's true he needs to add muscle, but those who feel like he has no offensive game are dead wrong. His game is evolving and he won't be a dominant post player off the bat in the NBA, but he finishes well around the rim and has a decent jumper that he can take out to around 15 feet. He needs to add touch to that shot, but remember how young he is. Davis has the chance to develop that and could become a solid pick and pop weapon within time.

While his frame is thin, his over 7"4 wingspan gives him the chance to be dominant defensively. Forget the blocks, just think in terms of how many shots he will alter on a nightly basis.

Offensively, forget the scoring. That will come. What will make him good is his excellent footwork and his court vision. He has outstanding passing skills for a big man and he handles the ball very well. Davis is comfortable putting the ball on the deck and is athletic enough to drive around opposing defenders.

However, while some of that will be a work in progress, his real impact is on the defensive end. He's got a great vertical leap and outstanding timing. His feel for the game is well beyond his years and he's a naturally gifted rebounder.

Overall, Davis has a great skill set and outstanding potential. Right now he grades out at an NBA All-Star level, with the only major concerns being his frame. He will do well on the defensive end of the floor instantly and his offense will evolve into a solid all-around package before long.

In Davis, you are looking at a future All-Star.