AP top tourney one-and-done players led by Davis, ‘Melo

View photosFILE - In this April 7, 2003, file photo, Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony kisses the trophy after winning the championship game 81-78 against Kansas at the NCAA college basketball Final Four in New Orleans. With no Final Four on tap this weekend thanks to the coronavirus, we instead put together a list of the greatest…


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FILE – In this April 7, 2003, file photo, Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony kisses the trophy after winning the championship game 81-78 against Kansas at the NCAA college basketball Final Four in New Orleans. With no Final Four on tap this weekend thanks to the coronavirus, we instead put together a list of the greatest one-and-done players ever. Anthony Davis and Syracuses Carmelo Anthony top our list after leading their teams to national tiles their lone season in college. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

Anthony Davis didn’t need to score big to control a game for Kentucky.

He made that clear during the final performance of his freshman season. Coach John Calipari recalls the conversation Davis had with his teammates after struggling to shoot during the first half of the 2012 NCAA championship game.

“And I overheard him saying to his teammates, ‘I can’t make a shot. I don’t know what’s going on. You guys shoot the balls. I’ll get every rebound, block every shot and I’ll defend like crazy. Let’s just win this,'” Calipari recalled.

Davis shot 1 of 10 from the field that night but still was named the

because of everything else he did as Kentucky won the national title. He had 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals in the

championship win over Kansas.

Carmelo Anthony top the list, which is alphabetical, after leading their teams to national titles.” data-reactid=”38″ type=”text”>With no Final Four this weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic, AP put together an informal list of the greatest one-and-done players in the history of men’s college basketball. Davis and Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony top the list, which is alphabetical, after leading their teams to national titles.

Davis averaged a team-high 14.2 points for

despite ranking fourth on his team in field-goal attempts. He had 10.4 rebounds per game and 186 total blocks. He was the No. 1 overall pick in that year’s NBA draft.

Davis wasn’t considered a blue-chip prospect until a growth spurt of 7-8 inches in high school helped make him the nation’s consensus No. 1 player in his class.

Calipari recalled how Davis visited campus well before his enrollment and met Lee Todd, the University of Kentucky president at the time.

“He says, ‘This is one of the great kids I’ve ever met, I’m so excited,’ and he says, ‘You know what else, coach? He’s going to be here a couple of years. He’s so skinny there’s no way he can leave in a year,’” Calipari said. “I laughed, and I said, ‘Dr. Todd, you may be wrong on that front.’”

CARMELO ANTHONY, SYRACUSE (2002-03)

averaged 22.2 points and 10 rebounds to earn second-team Associated Press All-America honors in while helping

win the

He averaged 26.5 points and 12 rebounds per game in the Final Four.

The 10-time NBA All-Star provided the $3 million lead gift that led to the construction of the Camelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, a $19 million practice facility for the Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball programs.

“He was here just one year, but he’s stayed with us continuously,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “Obviously, the contribution made it possible for us to build the center, but he shows up, he comes up. He’s just very supportive of what we’ve done. He holds Syracuse in high regard, and that

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