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2012 AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game awards show summary

NEW ORLEANS (April 2, 2012) – The following awards were presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches at the annual AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show held April 1, 2012, at the New Orleans Theatre in the Ernest Morial Convention Center.

Tim Brando, CBS television sports personality, was the host of the show, held during the annual NABC convention and the NCAA Final Four®.

Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T – Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Spalding Pete Newell Big Man of the Year – Anthony Davis, Kentucky

NABC Defensive Player of the Year – Anthony Davis, Kentucky

NABC Coaches’ Division I Player of the Year – Draymond Green, Michigan State

NABC Coaches’ Division II Player of the Year – Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine

NABC Coaches’ Division III Player of the Year – Chris Davis, UW-Whitewater

UPS NABC Division I Coach of the Year – Tom Izzo, Michigan State

UPS NABC Division II Coach of the Year – Brad Jackson, Western Washington

UPS NABC Division III Coach of the Year – Pat Miller, UW-Whitewater

NABC/Hillyard Golden Anniversary Award – Rollie Massimino, Northwood (FL)

NABC Literacy Champion Award – Doug Davalos, Texas State

NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award – Lon Kruger, Oklahoma

NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Awards

Advocacy – Bill Brown, California (PA)

Education – Mike McConathy, Northwestern State

Leadership – Lorenzo Romar, Washington

Service – Scott Nagy, South Dakota State

Metropolitan Award – Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

NABC Ray Marquette Award – Lennox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal
(President, U.S. Basketball Writers Assn)

Newton S. Hillyard Award (Outgoing NABC President) – Ernie Kent

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.


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