Like the crazy, true-blue Kentucky fans who flocked to cheer him last season, Anthony Davis wore a T-shirt with a catchy little slogan when he met reporters at the NBA’s annual Chicago draft combine earlier this month.
Those fans last winter wore apparel that read “Bow to the Brow,” a playful reference to the Thursday night draft’s guaranteed No. 1 overall pick and his singular eyebrow.
Davis himself wore a shirt in Chicago with three big words emblazoned on it: Check My Stats.
“If you wanted to check the stats, then I’d be the No. 1 pick easily,” Kansas forward Thomas Robinson responded later in the same hotel ballroom. “I should get one of those shirts.”
He also might be the only one alive who’d argue that Davis will be the first player selected tonight in this year’s draft.
“It’s a great feeling,” Davis said, “but it’s not set in stone.”
Davis’ selection first overall is about the only thing set in a draft in which Robinson, Florida’s Bradley Beal, North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Davis’ Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be taken in some unknown order after he goes No. 1 to New Orleans, the city where he won an NCAA national championship in April.
When his name is called, Davis will become the first player since a guy named Lew Alcindor – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to you whippersnappers – to win an NCAA title, be college Player of the Year and be taken first overall in the NBA draft. (Alcindor did so in 1969.)