Anthony Davis is NEXT

Kentucky's "Spider-Man" is the next big thing in college basketball

Updated: December 30, 2011, 1:29 PM ET
By Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine

UNTIL 24 MONTHS AGO, Anthony Davis was a nondescript set of initials. "Most people call me AD; I've never had nicknames based on my game," says the Kentucky forward. Of course not. Nicknames are a statement, affectionate and brief, describing the most obvious hook of a person.

When he was an oversize infant born in Chicago, his family took to calling him Fat Man -- a name that held most of the way through high school. But when puberty (and the basketball gods) stretched ...

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