Top-10 recruit Davis commits to UK

Father says 6-10 chicago forward commits to UK

jtipton@herald-leader.comAugust 14, 2010 

As Kentucky basketball fans prepare for their first look at the class of 2010 this weekend, Coach John Calipari has given them another reason to salivate over the incoming freshmen in 2011.

Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago, committed to the Wildcats on Friday, his father said Friday.

Davis, who is rated the No. 5 player in the nation by the Scout.com recruiting service and No. 8 overall by Rivals.com, picked Kentucky over Ohio State, Syracuse and DePaul. Davis joins 6-6 forward Michael Gilchrist of Somderdale, N.J., and 6-2 point guard Marquis Teague of Indianapolis as top-10 prospects in the class of 2011 committed to play for Kentucky.

"Coach Calipari is easy to talk to and he listens to what you are saying," Davis told ESPN recruiting writer Paul Biancardi on Friday in explaining his choice. "(Calipari) will be a father figure to me away from home. He's a demanding coach that will not tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear to improve."

Calipari, who is unable to speak about committed players until they sign national letters of intent, is taking his current lineup of Wildcats to Canada this weekend for a series of three exhibition games beginning Sunday.

UK's 2010 group was the No. 1-rated recruiting class in America, and Davis' commitment made it almost inconceivable that Kentucky won't again have the No. 1 class in 2011.

Gilchrist, the No. 1 prospect in the 2011 class, pledged to UK on April 14. Eight days later, Calipari landed another top-five prospect in Teague.

"It will be nice (playing with Gilchrist and Teague)," Davis told ESPN. "They are very talented and unselfish players, who are about winning, like me."

Davis, who plays for Perspectives Charter in Chicago, shot up the recruiting lists this spring after an 8-inch growth spurt. He's now a 6-10, 220-pound prospect with the skills of a guard and a 7-4 wingspan who appears an ideal fit for Calipari's dribble-drive offense.

"I used to stay on the perimeter a lot, and now I've got to go down low and my weight hasn't caught up with me," Davis told Scout.com in an earlier interview. "I've got to put on more pounds. It makes it a little harder playing with bigger guys, but I use my strengths — pulling up for jumpers, shooting a three, or going past them with the dribble."

Davis was the subject of a recent controversy involving a report in the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper that cited anonymous sources suggesting the player's family was soliciting financial offers in return for his son's commitment. The newspaper suggested that the Davis commitment would cost as much as $200,000.

Davis' father vehemently denied the report, which was criticized by many in the national media.

"For me, I would never in my life ruin my son's opportunity to go play in college and possibly the NBA for $200,000 or any type of money," the elder Davis, also named Anthony, said.

The family's attorney, Georgette Greenlee, told the Chicago Tribune on Friday that the family plans to "file (a suit against the Sun-Times) within the next week."

UK officials also threatened legal action against the Sun-Times.

The elder Davis said the suit would charge the Sun-Times with defamation of character and libel.

"You're getting it from the horse's mouth," the player's father said of the Sun-Times story. "It's not true."

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