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‘Report’ Alleges Kentucky Paid for Davis; Durand Johnson Announces Top Six
A completely unsubstantiated report from the Chicago Sun-Times alleges that Kentucky paid $200,000 to get Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10 rising senior from Chicago Perspectives Charter.
“We haven’t asked anyone for anything and no one has offered us anything,” Anthony Davis Sr. told the paper.
Davis Sr. did not answer a phonecall or text message Wednesday afternoon.
Jevon Maymon, Davis”s AAU coach, said by text, “I don’t know anything about this.”
The Sun-Times offered no concrete evidence or proof that Kentucky paid for Davis, who burst onto the national scene this spring and summer after growing eight inches in the last year.
The paper cited “rumors/sources” on its Website, offering no evidence of the payment.
“It’s a little unfair for a kid to have to listen to those type of rumors if they aren’t true,” recruiting analyst Joe Henricksen told the Sun-Times.
Davis Sr. said his son has chosen a school, but will not disclose which one.
The Sun-Times and a Kentucky blog cite unnamed sources saying he has chosen Kentucky.
Davis said at the Peach Jam that his final three were Kentucky, Ohio State and Syracuse. He has visited the first two, but not Syracuse.
He also visited DePaul unofficially Monday, but it remains unclear if the Blue Demons are in the mix.
“Yes, it’s the LeBron wait and see time,” the father said Tuesday night by text, indicating that everyone must wait and see what his son announces.
DURAND JOHNSON ANNOUNCES TOP SIXDurand Johnson, a 6-6 small forward from Baltimore, said he will transfer to Brewster (N.H.) Academy and also announced a top six, according to Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
“My top six is Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Louisville, Seton Hall and UNC Wilmington,” Johnson told Kline.
At Brewster, Johnson will join a loaded team that includes Naadir Tharpe, Elijah Carter, Markus Kennedy, Max Hooper and Deonte Burton.LEGENDS CLASSIC SET
Syracuse, Michigan, Georgia Tech, and UTEP host Regional sites in the Legends Classic. The semis & finals are set for Nov. 26-7 in Atlantic City.
(Photo courtesy Chicago Sun-Times)
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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