Anthony Davis

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The NBA is a man’s game, and 6’10 center Anthony Davis was built for it. Sports Speaker Anthony is currently the starting center for the New Orleans Pelicans and was the first overall pick by the team in the 2012 NBA Draft. That summer Anthony was the only collegiate level player selected to travel with the U.S. Men’s National Team headed to London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Alongside future Hall of Famers including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant, Anthony took home his first Olympic Gold Medal after a narrow 107-100 victory over a talented Spain team.

Like most recent NBA phenoms, Anthony was a heralded high school player who made the star-studded roster for both the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic alongside fellow future NBA players Austin Rivers, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bradley Beal. Sports Speaker Anthony decided to play college ball at the University of Kentucky under the tutelage of esteemed Head Coach John Calipari. Anthony was a guard before he hit his major growth spurt and his ability to retain a lot of his touch and guard-like capabilities made him one of the most dangerous big men in the college ranks. After winning the SEC regular season championship, he led the Wildcats to the #1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and an eventual title win against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Anthony racked up a number of awards during his only season with the Wildcats including becoming the only freshman besides Kevin Durant to be named the Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year and he also took home the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award and was named to the NCAA All Tournament First Team. As for his conference, Anthony swept the board winning the SEC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

After being selected as the #1 pick by the then New Orleans Hornets, Anthony was named to the All-Rookie First Team and made his first NBA All-Star Game roster in his second season in 2013. Like many of today’s top athletes, Anthony is sponsored by Nike and has appeared in several Foot Locker TV commercials since entering the NBA.