Kentucky’s Anthony Davis reveling in his signature look
BY TINA AKOURIS firstname.lastname@example.org March 24, 2012 10:00PM
Updated: April 26, 2012 8:28AM
ATLANTA — It’s a signature look that has become a trademark, and Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis doesn’t mind that people play up his unibrow.
“I don’t let it bother me at all,” Davis said Saturday. “I embrace it. I love it all. Kentucky fans are crazy, but they show us a lot of support.”
There are “Bow to the Brow” T-shirts and billboards in Lexington, Ky. Even the Wildcats’ mascot has paid homage with his own unibrow.
It’s just another aspect of the Davis phenomenon that has made the Chicago native the face of Kentucky basketball. And when the Wildcats, the NCAA tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, take on No. 3 seed Baylor in the South Regional final Sunday (1:20, Ch. 2) at the Georgia Dome, all eyes will be on Davis as he tries to lead a freshman-laden team to the Final Four next weekend in New Orleans.
The 6-10 Davis, who didn’t play center until he got to Kentucky, has won almost every postseason award. And if he can lead the Wildcats to the Final Four and eventually the national title game, talk will heat up about Davis declaring for the NBA draft in June.
Davis is projected to be the No. 1 pick, and he plays for John Calipari, who coached perhaps the most notable “one-and-done” in Bulls star Derrick Rose at Memphis and has a reputation for recruiting that type of player.
“We’re very aware of it,” Davis said. “But we go out there and have fun and show that freshmen can actually win.”
If the Wildcats (35-2) get to the national title game and win, they would be one of the youngest teams to do so. Calipari starts three freshmen — Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.
Despite their youth, the Wildcats committed only six turnovers in their 102-90 victory Friday over Indiana.
“I’ve got a good team, and we’ve got good players,” Calipari said. “But let’s just play basketball, which we do well.
‘‘[On Friday], we scored 102 points, and we had six turnovers. I’m not watching any of the other games [in the tournament]. Why do I care? I’m just worried about my team.”
Baylor (30-7) might use sophomore forward Perry Jones III on Davis to try to get him in foul trouble.
Davis was in foul trouble when Kentucky first played Indiana on Dec. 10 — a 73-72 Hoosiers victory — then again Friday in the regional semifinal. Davis picked up two quick fouls and sat for most of the first half.
But the 6-11 Jones is trying to downplay the matchup.
“I’m looking forward to playing team basketball, and the last thing I want to do is feed into that,” Jones said.
Jones is projected to be a top-15 pick in the NBA draft.
Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones are two other Kentucky players besides Davis who might declare for the draft.
And Davis deferred on the draft question again.
“I’m going to wait until the end of the season and see if I should come back,” Davis said.
“Now, I just want to focus on winning the national championship.”