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Mon April 2, 2012
Anthony Davis First UK Player To Win Naismith Trophy
NEW ORLEANS - Kentucky star Anthony Davis has won the Naismith Trophy for men's college player of the year.
Davis is the first player from Kentucky to win the award and the second freshman, joining Texas' Kevin Durant in 2007. He is the first Naismith Trophy winner from the Southeastern Conference since LSU's Pete Maravich in 1970.
The 6-foot-10 Davis is averaging a team-high 14.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots per game heading into the national championship Monday night against Kansas. He also was voted The Associated Press' Player of the Year.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the Naismith winner on Sunday.
Michigan State's Draymond Green, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Kansas' Thomas Robinson also were up for the honor.