Davis joins dream class at Kentucky

Updated: March 23, 2011 12:34PM

Perspectives MSA star Anthony Davis reportedly made it official Friday, giving an oral commitment to Kentucky and coach John Calipari.

"Yes, it's true," the player's father, Anthony Davis Sr., told Scout.com on Friday. Davis Sr. also told the Chicago Tribune about the oral commitment. The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that Davis, a 6-10 center, had decided on Kentucky. But the family did not return calls from the Sun-Times on Friday.

Several sources at universities told the Sun-Times in a story published last week that Davis Sr. had asked for money in return for Davis' commitment, while other sources said that a deal was negotiated for $200,000 from someone who wanted Davis to commit to Kentucky.

The university strongly denied the report through its law firm. And Davis Sr., the father of the 17-year-old player, also has flatly denied the allegations.

"We haven't asked anyone for anything, and no one has offered us anything," Davis Sr. told the Sun-Times earlier this month at a club basketball event in Merrillville, Ind.

Davis was a complete unknown nationally and locally until April. His fantastic play on the club circuit with Meanstreets this spring and summer catapulted him into the top five of the national class of 2011. Davis also considered DePaul, Syracuse and Ohio State.

Davis' commitment gives Kentucky three of the top five players in the national class of 2011. Kentucky already had commitments from the top-rated point guard, 6-1 Marquis Teague of Indianapolis, and the top small forward, 6-6 Michael Gilchrist of Elizabeth, N.J.

Most national analysts believe Calipari has assembled the best recruiting class in college basketball history.

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