Mar 22, 2012 3:55 PM
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Adolph Rupp Award, annually presented to the National Player of the Year. Davis, a first-team All-American and the SEC Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, has led Kentucky to a 32-2 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the SEC. The Wildcats are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-10 forward from Chicago, Ill., has averaged 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game en route to leading the Wildcats to a third-straight Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament and a perfect 16-0 record in Southeastern Conference regular season action. Twice this season Davis was named the SEC Player of the Week and he was the conference's Freshman of the Week four times. He has started all 36 games this season while shooting 63.6 percent from the field, which ranks as the third best in the nation. Davis also leads the nation in blocks (166). In 30 of the Wildcats' 36 games, he has scored in double figures while recording 18 double-doubles. The 18 double-double efforts rank as the second-highest total in a single season by a UK freshman. Davis is only the second UK player in 40 years to win the award (behind John Wall in 2010).
Davis will be presented with the trophy by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky on Thursday, March 29th at 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriott.
"It has been an absolute joy watching Anthony play this year. Especially considering that he's just a freshman. Regardless of records and individual achievement, the one thing Coach Rupp wanted out of a player was for him to make a difference in the game so that the team could win. That's exactly what Anthony has done this year for UK.; and, the fact that the only two Kentucky players to have won this award in 40 years have come during John Calipari's three years is a testament to his recruiting prowess," said Gerry Calvert, Club spokesperson.
The Rupp Awards awarded by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky, a non-profit organization established in 1972 by players and associates of former UK head coach Adolph Rupp. The awards are determined by a select national voting panel consisting of over 80 sportswriters, coaches and athletic directors representing every major Division I conference and all geographic regions of the country.