Davis honored as top player – NCAA.com

Throughout its storied history on the hardwood, Kentucky had yet to win the�sport’s most prestigious award. That streak ended Sunday when freshman forward/center Anthony�Davis was named winner of the 2012 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T as the Men’s College Player of�the Year, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. He joins Texas’ Kevin Durant (2007) as the�only freshmen to win the award. Davis was honored at the National Association of Basketball Coaches’�Guardians of the Game Awards Program at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La.

Other finalists for the award included Draymond Green (Michigan State), Doug McDermott (Creighton) and�Thomas Robinson (Kansas).

Davis, who racked up conference awards for his regular‐season performance, including SEC Player of the�Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first‐team All-SEC selection,�averaged 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season, leading the Wildcats to an SEC regular-season championship. Entering the 2012 NCAA tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, Kentucky�has relied on the solid play of Davis, who has averaged 15.2 points and 11.2 rebounds in the tournament,�and matched his regular‐season average of 4.6 blocks per game. Kentucky defeated Louisville Saturday 69‐61 to make its first NCAA championship game berth since 1998.

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