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Tue March 6, 2012
Calipari Coach Of The Year In SEC, Anthony Davis Voted Conference's Best Player
Kentucky Coach John Calipari has been voted the SEC Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to a 30 and 1 record; 16 -0 in the Southeastern Conference. Freshman big man Anthony Davis was voted the league's best player. Davis also took home top freshman and defensive player of the year honors.
In a release from UK Athletics, Wildcat senior Darius Miller was named the conference's Sixth Man of the Year for his steady play coming off the bench for UK.
Davis owns the school and conference records for most blocks in a season with 146. He notched 14 double-double efforts while averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Wildcats. He becomes the first UK player to earn SEC Player of the Year honors since John Wall in 2010. He is just the third freshman to earn Player of the Year honors in league history in addition to Wall; Chris Jackson earned the honor in 1989.
Davis, a consensus favorite for national player of the year, also becomes the fourth Wildcat player to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors and the third consecutive joining current teammate Terrence Jones (2011) and former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins (2010) and Patrick Patterson (2008). His honor as the top defensive player is the first for UK since Chuck Hayes in 2005.
Miller captured SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors after becoming the 58th member of Kentucky’s 1,000-point club and averaging 10.0 points and 2.1 assists per outing in his final campaign. He is the first Wildcat player to earn the honor in school history.
Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joined Davis on the All-SEC first team, freshman team and defensive team. Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while also being matched up on the opponent’s top offensive threat.
Sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb were All-SEC second team selections to cap off the awards for the Wildcats. Jones averages 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore. Lamb averages 13.3 points with a team-high .840 free-throw percentage.
In all, five players and Calipari were honored by the league as voted on by the 12 coaches. It marks a school-record for the most honors in a single-season in UK allure.
Kentucky will return to action in the SEC Tournament Friday afternoon around 1 p.m.. UK will face the winner of the Arkansas/LSU game.