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It is not surprising to many, but it certainly did surprise me. I thought he would stay in his hometown and play basketball with Oliver Purnell.
My notion was inaccurate, and Davis Jr decided Kentucky was better suited for him.
Davis Jr impressed a lot this summer with his impressive length and upside. He can play just about every position on the floor, except point guard because his ball-handling is still a work in progress.
Either way, his commitment to Kentucky has arisen one of the best freshman classes I've seen. Note that I also witnessed John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousin and Daniel Orton.
What separates this class from the preceding class is the star power. They have arguably the top three players in the class. To make it seem even better, the No. 1 point guard, small forward and arguably the best power forward.
In his 'John Calipari' ways, I expect more talented players to attend the University of Kentucky in '11-12.
Now, if you follow CoHoops, you know that I explained how much Kentucky needed Davis Jr. I said, if he committed to the program, I believe they will be able to compete on a national level.
Davis Jr, Marquis Teague, and Michael Gilchrist sound like the best trio in College Basketball. Three well in-depth scorers, leaders and athletes with tremendous upside.
It almost reminds me of the Miami Heat trio . Davis Jr and Gilchrist are almost the same players. Each can be a double-double guy on a given night, a leader, scorer or just anything you ask for.
Davis Jr will be the post threat, while Gilchrist creates havoc on the wing. Teague will lead the offense and make sure things go as planned.
Similiar to the team that went to the National Championship with Calipari at Memphis, these three inherit essential qualities and Kentucky will have fire power in the post, on the wing and in the backcourt.
That all sounds like the winning formula to me. I expect to see Kentucky run deep in the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament. They are ill-suited for the long run and will make it.
Do not assume the recruiting stops here, it has only just begun.
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