There may never be another story in high school basketball quite like Anthony Davis
of Perspectives Charter (Chicago, Ill.)
In a basketball landscape that features rankings for players all the way down to the fifth grade, Davis' name never surfaced anywhere until around this time last year, when – following a six-inch growth spurt – the Chicago product went from a 6-foot-3 guard to a 6-9 forward with guard skills.
The transformation has him drawing comparisons to talents as unique as Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett, which illustrates that nobody is quite sure what kind of player he can become – or just how good he can be. After averaging 32 points and 18 rebounds per game as a senior at Perspectives and 19.6 points and 9.0 rebounds in a series of postseason all-star showcases (McDonald's All-American Game, Nike Hoop Summit, Jordan Brand Classic), the future seems limitless.
Davis is the new No. 1 prospect in MaxPreps.com's Class of 2011 Top 100. The Kentucky signee wrestled the top spot from another future Wildcat, St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.)
forward Michael Gilchrist
. A 6-7, 220-pound first team All-American, Gilchrist had held the position since August 2009 and heads to Lexington as the No. 3 prospect overall.
Staying in the second spot is shooting guard Austin Rivers
, MaxPreps.com's National Player of the Year after pouring in over 28 points per game and leading Winter Park (Fla.)
to its second-straight state championship.
No. 4 is Florida signee Brad Beal
, a do-it-all guard coming off a monster season at Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.)
where he put up over 32 points per game and led the Flyers to a 26-0 record before falling victim to a playoff upset. He was the co-MVP of the FIBA U17 World Championship in Germany last summer.
Joining Beal as co-MVP at the international event was James McAdoo
of Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.)
, a North Carolina-bound forward who rounds out the top five of MaxPreps.com's 2011 Top 100. After an injury slowed him down in 2009, the 6-8, 220-pounder returned to form last summer and produced over 23 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior.
The Top 100 is a composite look at the nation's top prospects based on high school success and production, as well as potential at the collegiate level and beyond.Class of 2011 Top 100