My summer hiatus is over. I return to Chicago to learn that, in the wake of the July evaluation period, 6-10 Anthony Davis of Chicago Perspectives could emerge as the No. 1 player in the nation going into the 2010-11 season.
It would be the first time a Chicago product has earned that distinguished honor since NBA star Kevin Garnett, who transferred from South Carolina to Farragut for his senior year, in 1994.
But Garnett was a known commodity. Everybody from Bob Gibbons to Van Coleman to Ron Eskridge to every NBA scout knew he was the most talented high school prospect in the nation. But Davis was as unknown as his high school only a few months ago. Now he is as popular as pizza.
"He will be one of the top three or four seniors in the nation, maybe even No. 1," said Coleman, who is wrapping up his 30th summer of evaluating high school players from coast to coast. "I've seen Davis 10 to 12 times this spring and summer."
Davis, who according to Roy and Harv Schmidt of Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye has narrowed his college decision to Ohio State or Kentucky, bolstered his stock with a slam dunk performance in Kansas City.
At his rapid rate of development and his size, you have to wonder if he'll ever get to college or if he'll take the same path as Garnett did after his senior year at Farragut and opt for a professional career.