Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago Perspectives announced his decision to attend Kentucky in 2011, joining a blockbuster class that includes Michael Gilchrist of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick and Marquis Teague of Indianapolis Pike.
Davis initially cut his list to Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State before also taking a visit to DePaul.
John Calipari now gets three of the top eight prospects in the Class of 2011.
“Coach Calipari is easy to talk to and he listens to what you are saying,” Davis told ESPN recruiting writer Paul Biancardi on Friday. “[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.”
Kentucky’s three-year run of recruits is unprecedented in recent history.
The 2009 class included current NBA players John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, the 2010 haul features Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter and Doron Lamb and the 2011 group has Gilchrist, Davis and 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 grew eight inches in the last year, impressing college coaches with guard skills in a big man’s body.
The Chicago Sun-Times recently alleged –without proof — that Anthony Davis Sr. had asked Kentucky for $200,000 for his son’s commitment, but the family has vehemently denied it.
“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,” Davis Sr. told Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Family 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.”
Kentucky officials also sent a letter and threatened legal action against the newspaper.
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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.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.