On Friday, 6'10" forward Anthony Davis announced his intention to play for the University of Kentucky in 2011. The commitment is the third in what is shaping up to be a historic recruiting class.
The Wildcats had already received commitments from Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, ranked No. 1 and No. 5, respectively, in the Rivals Top 150 prospects for 2011. With the commitment of the eighth-ranked player in the nation, the Wildcats are now virtually assured of having the third straight No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
Davis was largely an unknown a year ago, but burst onto the recruiting scene this past spring due to his size and athleticism. He garnered interest from almost all of the nation's powerhouses before finally selecting Kentucky over DePaul, Ohio State, and Syracuse.
If any player is currently on the rise in college basketball, it is Davis. Although he is already a consensus top 10 prospect, some have proposed that he may actually be the best player in the nation.
Scout.com's Evan Daniels describes him as "the best prospect in the 2011 class" from a long-term standpoint and most expect him to continue to climb up the rankings as the year progresses.
Anthony Davis became an especially intriguing prospect after he reportedly grew almost six inches in one year. Scouts now consider him the total package. He can play and defend in the post because of his size, but also has the versatility to spot up and shoot from mid-range.
Davis is a welcomed addition to Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class, but don't expect them to stop here.
The Wildcats would still like to add a couple more players and are heavily pursuing third-ranked Austin Rivers and 26th-ranked Tony Wroten, among others.