I'm surprised these guys haven't learned not to put a freshman 1st team AA like Barnes last year. He probably will be great in time, but its very possible that he struggles a lot out of the gate.
It seems that a lot of the things we are hearing about Davis were also said about John Henson. Skilled string bean big guy, grew up as a guard and had a late growth spurt, etc. Henson is a fine player but struggled a ton his first year. Davis is a lot closer to Henson than he is to Durant (someone else who I have heard him compared to). Durant has all world guard skills and is 6'11. Davis was going mid-major at 6'4 before his spurt.
Davis is a string bean but he can shoot the rock like a guard. If he can draw other 5s outside the paint it will open the middle of the court for Uk and could be a tough matchup for many teams. Not all teams have a big man like AD and so much length everywhere else. Hard to shoot over AD- not so much for many of the teams he will face this year- the kid is a player even if he is playing for the squid.
BTW- did Davis and AD ever play against each other prior to coming to school.
Three of the last 4 years have seen a freshman on the AP All-America first team. And 5 freshmen total in those 4 years. 2 of the 4 years had 2 freshmen on the first team. That is why you put a freshman on the pre-season team.