Anthony Davis sprains ankle, awaits evaluation

Associated Press Modified: July 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: July 2, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis has a left ankle sprain that must be evaluated later this week before he can be cleared to practice with the U.S. team.

Davis hurt his ankle at the team's training center in Westwego on Saturday, and Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said on Monday that the club considers Davis status for resuming training as day to day.

The 6-foot-11Davis, who led the nation with 4.65 blocks per game while leading Kentucky to a national title, is among the players being considered for the American squad at the London Olympics.

Davis was drafted by the Hornets first overall last Thursday night and arrived in New Orleans on Friday. He was slated to train for several days at Hornets facilities, along with fellow New Orleans first-round draft pick Austin Rivers, before departing for U.S. practices that begin this Thursday in Las Vegas.

USA Basketball is scheduled to announce its 12-man Olympic roster on Saturday.

Even if Davis had not been injured, it was not clear that he was going to make the Olympic team. However, if he reports for the U.S. team's pre-Olympic training camp — whether he can practice or not — he could be made an alternate, meaning that he could still be called upon to play later this summer if another front-court player on the 12-man roster has an injury or other issue that keeps him from suiting up in London.