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By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s hard to imagine any college basketball player having a better year than Anthony Davis did from sweeping the top individual awards to winning a national championship to being part of the gold-medal Olympic team.
Apparently his play has also impressed his future NBA peers as a nba.com survey by John Schuhmann of Davis’ fellow rookies predicted he would be rookie of the year and would also have the best NBA career of any of them
Davis got 47 percent of the vote for rookie of the year and Damian Lillard 17.6 percent. He got 40.6 percent of the vote for best career with Harrison Barnes next at 12.5 percent. Those are pretty decisive margins.
Another former UK standout, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, was voted the best defender with 28.6 percent of the vote. And who was second? Davis with 14.3 percent.
John Jenkins was projected as the best shooter by a wide margin of Bradley Beal. Jenkins played at Vanderbilt and Beal at Florida.