WESTWEGO, La. — Anthony Davis is miles away from the Alario Center, where the Hornets are hosting players in two separate pre-draft workout sessions.
And yet, the presumed No. 1 pick, which the Hornets, loomed large over interviews after the first session.
Of course, having one of Davis’ former Kentucky teammates partially aided the line of questioning.
“He’s a great player, a special player,” forward Terrence Jones said when asked to describe Davis. “A great dude off the court and on it. A hard worker. He really is a fun guy to be around. Always smiling.”
That’s just Jones’ description of his friend off the court.
His thoughts about Davis on the court will likely get Hornets fans smiling even more.
“Just special on defense,” Jones continued. “He can block shots. He talks. He works hard in practice. He’s just a great teammate.”
Jones, a 6-foot-9, 252-pound mass, was integral in the Wildcats’ run to the national championship this past season.
And he would absolutely relish playing with Davis once more.
“Definitely,” Jones said. “If that happened, I already have a relationship with him, being teammates and winning a national championship together. It would just be a great thing to continue our next careers together if that would happen.”
Jones isn’t alone.
Former Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie (6-11, 249) would love the opportunity to play alongside Davis. The Hornets have the No. 10 pick in the draft, as well.
“I wouldn’t mind playing with Anthony Davis,” Moultrie said. “We have two different games and I think we complement each other very well.”
As for former North Carolina center Tyler Zeller played against Davis this past year and feels like he played with a similar player in John Henson (who also was at the pre-draft workout)
“They’re both extremely long,” Zeller said. “(They) rebound the ball. They can block a lot of shots or alter a lot of shots. And inside, they’re great. (On alley-oops), they’re very, very good at catching and just being able to make moves inside because of their length.”