5. Anthony Davis (2012)
One of the crown jewels of John Calipari’s “one and done” factory at the University of Kentucky, Anthony Davis went from a 6’7 guard as a junior in high school to a 6’10 forward who could move like a guard but block shots like few players we’ve seen in college basketball history.
Coming to Lexington as the #1 recruit in the country, analysts were in awe of Davis’ combination of skills, including being able to run the floor, score in the low post, face up to the basket, and shoot the ball from outside.
In his one season at Kentucky, Davis led the Wildcats to a virtually inevitable National Championship run, averaging 15.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 4.6 blocks per game, and was named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.