Anthony Davis did it all at Kentucky. Now college basketball's player of the year and NCAA champion is ready to take on the world.
Davis and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden were added to the list of finalists Thursday for the U.S. National Team, which will play in the Olympic Games in London this summer.
"It's a tremendous honor to be this young and have a chance to represent my country," said Davis, the only player not already on an NBA roster to make the list of finalists. "This is a great opportunity and I'm excited to be a part of something like this."
The USA National Team opens its 2012 training with a July 6-12 camp in Las Vegas, Nev., after which the 12-man Olympic team roster will be announced.
Digital Access For Only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
The Olympic Games take place July 27 through Aug. 12.
"After a lot of deliberations, after reviewing our roster, we think these two additions strengthen our National Team program immeasurably," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "James Harden probably is the sixth man of the year in the NBA, and Anthony Davis brings a dimension to our pool we don't have. He's young, but it's exciting to think about the possibilities."
Davis, 19, started all 40 of UK's games as a freshman and helped lead the Wildcats to a 38-2 record, the Southeastern Conference regular-season title and the NCAA championship. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged team highs of 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. He shot 62.3 percent from the floor and 70.9 percent from the foul line.
Davis was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player after averaging 13.7 points,12.3 rebounds and 4.8 blocks in the NCAA Tournament. The Chicago native recorded an SEC single-season record 186 blocks, which also broke the NCAA record for a freshman.
Davis' national player of the year awards included the Adolph Rupp Trophy, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Basketball Times, Associated Press, Wooden and Naismith.
Davis has represented USA Basketball previously. As a high school senior he was a member of the Junior National Select Team that competed in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit. Davis finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots to help the USA to a 92-80 win over the World Select Team.
Harden, a former Arizona State star, averaged career highs of 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 31.4 minutes this season. He helped lead the Thunder to the Western Conference's second-best record of 47-19.