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By LARRY VAUGHT
For those still trying to figure out how Anthony Davis should rank on the list of all-time players to play at Kentucky, pay close attention to Jim Host and what he has to say.
Host has been involved with UKâ€ˆsports since 1954 and was recently named to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He says Davis easily in the best defensive player heâ€™s seen at Kentucky. However, he doesnâ€™t stop there.
â€œI have never seen a better defensive player period other than Bill Russell. I think Bill Russell is acknowledged as being the best of all time, but Iâ€ˆthink this guy has a chance to be the greatest of all time,â€ Host said.
Russell, of course, was the legendary center for the Boston Celtics who dominated games with his defense and rebounding. He was not the offensive force of some centers, but his defense made him the NBAâ€™s most dominant defender. Being compared to him by Host is special.
â€œHe has to put on more weight and be able to stand more physical abuse than he has been taking and as the season has progressed they have all abused him more, but he still has a chance to be the greatest of all time. Russell was the greatest of all time as a defensive basketball player, but this kid could surpass him,â€ Host said.