Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sweep SEC awards



For the second time this year, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist swept the SEC weekly awards.

Davis was named Player of the Week after averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and two steals in wins at Mississippi State and against Vanderbilt.

Kidd-Gilchrist was named Freshman of the Week after averaging 13 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in those two games.

Speaking of these two freshmen, they were hot topics on Monday’s SEC teleconference.

Florida head coach Billy Donovan called Davis one of the best shot blockers “of all time,” and certainly one of the best in the last “20 to 25 years.” Donovan’s comments on how Davis does it, however, were fascinating.

Donovan said that Davis is — relative to other elite shot blockers — relatively “unassuming physically.” That’s because Davis isn’t an imposing 7-foot-1, 285-pound figure in the paint. What makes him different is how Davis becomes a physical specimen once you’ve tried to shoot.

“I think the thing that is difficult with him is there’s times when guys shoot against him or go to the basket, he has an ability to become a lot longer than he appears,” Donovan said. “And very quickly. … But he’s a tough kid, great timing, and very deceptive in how long he can become when he leaves the floor.”

Kidd-Gilchrist, meanwhile, made waves with his comments after Saturday’s game about a possible return.

John Calipari said that Kidd-Gilchrist’s words are premature, simply because of how far away the actual time for a decision is. He said Kidd-Gilchrist needed to wait until after the year, when he complete information, to make the stay-or-go decision.

“Basketball-wise, he’s got to wait until the year is out and see where everything is,” Calipari said. “It’s too early to tell what anyone will do right now. … You can’t make a decision until the end of the season.”

Calipari said Kidd-Gilchrist would have to “come up with some reasons” to justify a return for a second year, noting the risk of hurting his draft stock (currently sitting in the 2-6 range) with an injury or some other issue.

Calipari noted that many of his past early entry players have told him they wished they could have stayed three or four years.

“But there’s opportunities that arise,” Calipari said. “And just like Bill Gates, who said I’m done with school, I’m going to chase my dreams – you have opportunities, you have to look at them and figure out what’s right.”

For now, Calipari wants him focused on the present.

“Right now I want him worried about our team and being the best college player he can be,” Calipari said.

But if the time comes and Kidd-Gilchrist makes a decision to come back to UK?

“Obviously if he wants to stay,” Calipari said, “I’ll be very happy.”