U.S. Basketball Writers name Davis Player of Year

U.S. Basketball Writers Association selected Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis the Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the National Player of the Year.

Davis became the first USBWA national player of the year from Kentucky and just the second from a Southeastern Conference school. LSU’s Pete Maravich is the only other SEC player to win the award and he won it in back-to-back seasons (1968-69 and 1969-70).
Davis is the second freshman to earn the honor, joining Texas’ Kevin Durant, who claimed the award in the 2006-07 season.

Davis will be presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy by its namesake, the legendary Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA’s annual College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Friday, March 30 at 8 a.m. at the New Orleans Marriott in conjunction with the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
For tickets to the awards breakfast, visit the USBWA website, usbwa.com.

A first-team USBWA All-American and USBWA District IV Player of the Year, Davis was chosen as the national player of the year from a field of 10 finalists, based on regular-season performance. Last week, he was named the winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award as the USBWA’s national freshman of the Year.

The SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year led Wildcats (34-2) to an unbeaten record in SEC play (16-0) and the SEC regular-season championship. Kentucky, the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, continues its pursuit of a national championship in the South Regional in Atlanta, where they will play Indiana on Friday evening.

Davis has started all 36 games this season and has led the team with 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 63.6 percent from the field, second best in the nation. Davis also leads the nation in blocks (166). Twice this season Davis was named the SEC Player of the Week and he was the conference’s Freshman of the Week four times. In 30 of the Wildcats’ 36 games, he has scored in double figures while recording 18 double-doubles.

“Anthony Davis made an immediate and dramatic impact on college basketball,” said USBWA President Lenox Rawlings of the Winston-Salem Journal. “He has many skills, most obvious among them his ability to block and alter shots. Davis’ dominance inside solidfied Kentucky as a national title contender and brought Bill Russell back into the dialogue, shining light on the vital half of the game that people often ignore.”

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#1 John Ellis on 03.19.12 at 3:05 pm

Davis is a much worthier winner than Maravitch. I saw Maravitch play three times. Complete total ball hog, shot a poor percentage and UK throttled LSU every game. Issue and Lanier were the top players in his last two years and Lanier edged Issel for the real awards. Then was injured in the game that sent St. Bonaventure to the FF.