WESTWEGO, La. – Anthony Davis hasn’t been drafted yet.
In fact, the Hornets haven’t even declared that he’ll be the top overall pick in the June 28 NBA draft.
But sometimes actions speak louder than words and Tuesday, Davis got the royal treatment in New Orleans, home of the No. 1 pick in next week’s draft.
Davis was set to meet with new owner Tom Benson, who also owns the city’s NFL team, at the Saints’ Metairie facility.
The frontcourt standout that helped Kentucky win a national title in New Orleans in April didn’t work out Tuesday, the player and franchise mutually agreeing that the day was about something else.
“Meet and greet, get to know everybody, get to know the facility, see how the facilities are, meet the GM, new owner,” Davis said. “Just mainly a meet and greet.”
In his only season at Kentucky, Davis quickly earned respect. By the end of the season, when he picked up the 2012 National Player of the Year honor, he had become the consensus expected top pick.
He averaged 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game as a 6-foot-10, 220-pound combination forward-center. He also blocked 4.7 shots per game.
Davis said he doesn’t feel there will be that much pressure in being the No. 1 selection, saying that what he has been through as one of the highest-profile players at one of the highest-profile colleges will help him.
“Guys do a great job of getting pressure off certain players and just try to put it on the team and the whole organization,” Davis said. “It’s not a one-player sport. It’s a team sport. I think they do a great job putting it on the organization and just trying to have the player focus on basketball and the game.”