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ESPN’s Jimmy Dykes: “If Kevin Garnett Had Gone To College, He Would Have Looked Like Anthony Davis As A Freshman”

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Mac Attack 4/2: ESPN’s Jimmy Dykes calls in to talk about Kansas’ chances to beat Kentucky, how Anthony Davis projects to the NBA, the atmosphere of the Final Four, and if Coach Cal’s recruiting tactics should be criticized.

Dykes is confident that Kansas can have a great game against Kentucky, believing they showed great progress against Ohio State.  He thinks with Thomas Robinson at the helm, Kansas has a strong offense that can give Kentucky some trouble in the National Championship.

“I think the fact that Kansas beat Ohio State serves as a big warning sign for Kentucky, I thought Ohio State was really good…they are built on veterans…Kentucky hasn’t seen the kind of motor that [Kansas has]…Thomas Robinson is not the same guy that he was [the beginning of the season]…there is no one better at making this type of [smash mouth] game than Thomas Robinson…this could really be an interesting game…”

Anthony Davis has made quite the splash this year and WFNZ would love to see him on the Bobcats.  Dykes is equally as excited about Davis heading to the NBA, saying that he believes he will be one of the top three players of all time.  He feels that Davis has all the makings of the quintessential NBA standout.

“Had Kevin Garnett gone to college, this is what he would look like as a freshman, and that is what Anthony Davis is going to look like…he will be in the top two or three all time in the NBA…he is going to be built similar…He can knock down 16, 17, 18 foot shots, he can run like a deer…he is a bona fide NBA all-star, right off the bat starter…he has all in intangibles…if you are the fortunate team to get him, you have done well, you have set yourself up to win a lot more than the seven games the Bobcats have now.”

Dykes feels that Calipari is a one of a kind coach that should not be getting criticized for having a series of one and done teams.  He feels that Calipari is preparing these players for their dreams and following college rules, so until the one and done rule has been changed, no one should criticize Calipari for doing what many coaches do, only better.

“Why should he be taking heat?  All he is doing is doing what the rules say he has to do!  All the rules say is they have to stay one year, and if they want to go to the NBA, they are gone…Was Kentucky the only team to offer Anthony Davis a scholarship? Kidd-Gilcrest? …John Wall?  NO!  But he is the one that is getting them…you want to go to the NBA after one year?  [Calipari is the guy to get you there]…to take the selfishness out of this group…nothing about any of these players says ME or US…it is not letting confidence become arrogance…he does so much with young, talented kids.”

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