It's hard to imagine a 19-year-old having a better year than New Orleans Hornets F Anthony Davis. First, he helped the Kentucky Wildcats win the NCAA National Championship. Then the Hornets selected Davis with the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Finally, he won a gold medal as part of the Team USA men's basketball team.
Take a look back at Anthony Davis's top five moments as a member of the 2012 Team USA men's basketball team.
5. Davis clinches USA gold with late rebound
When USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski began jumping up and down near the end of the gold medal game, nobody told Spain the game was over. I thought I was watching the biggest USA faux pas in Olympic history when Spain made it a two-possession game. However, Anthony Davis grabbed a huge defensive rebound to seal USA's victory.
4. Davis forgets jersey
When you win 156-73, you can laugh about things like this. For Krzyzewski to insert Anthony Davis in the first half of a game signifies the outcome was never in doubt. I still don't know how someone can forget to put his jersey on, but the kid is only 19 years old. After putting his jersey on, he scored nine points in the second half for Team USA.
3. Davis make three-point shot
This memorable moment occurred in an exhibition prior to the Olympics. Anthony Davis made a long three-point shot against the Dominican Republic. What made this special was the eye contact between Davis and his college coach John Calipari. His body language was saying, "You should have let me shoot three-pointers at Kentucky, coach!"
2. Davis scores 12 without missing a shot
Anthony Davis's best game in the Summer Olympics for Team USA took place against Tunisia. Not only did he score 12 points, but he didn't miss a shot. Of course, his shots weren't that difficult as the USA point guards had fun lobbing him passes that became easy dunks. He was 5-5 on field goal attempts and 2-2 from the free throw line.
1. Davis becomes youngest USA gold medal winner in men's basketball
When Anthony Davis received his gold medal around his neck at 11:29 a.m. CT, he became the youngest gold medal winner in the history of USA men's basketball. Being part of this incredible USA team is a great honor and hopefully his success in basketball is only just beginning. The 19-year-old phenom should have a great career ahead of him.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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