LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball National Player of the Year Anthony Davis was named the Lexington Herald-Leader 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year at the second annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet Thursday night.
Davis was selected from a group of finalists including Teddy Bridgewater, John Calipari, Randall Cobb, Dermonti Dawson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Tom Jurich, A’dia Mathies, Darius Miller and Charlie Strong.
The 2012 National Player of the Year by various organizations, Davis earned the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, the Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, Basketball Times Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award. He also was named a 2012 NCAA consensus first-team unanimous All-America selection, earning the national Freshman, Defensive Player and Big Man awards.
Davis helped lead Kentucky to its eighth national championship in men's basketball and was named the 2012 Final Four Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.
Furthermore, the Chicago native set a new standard in the NCAA freshman record books for blocks in a season with 186 swats. The new mark also stands as a conference and UK single-season record. He led the league in blocks (186), field-goal percentage (.623) and double-doubles (20).
The overall No. 1 draft pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis was also a member of Team USA that won Olympic gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
The Sportsman of the Year award, given annually since 1981, is voted on by sports media statewide.