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 Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the Naismith winner on Sunday.
"All four of our Naismith Trophy finalists put together a compelling campaign to win the award this season,
but in the end, Anthony's stellar play for the Wildcats was simply too much for voters to ignore," said
Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director Eric Oberman in a statement. "Congratulations to Anthony, the University of
Kentucky and all the finalists for achieving tremendous success. They are all wonderful ambassadors of this
sport, and we wish each of them the best of luck in their future basketball careers."
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. Davis was also named winner of the Wooden Award on Saturday and The Associated Press Player of the Year on Friday.
"I'm so proud of Anthony. Here's a guy who's taken the fourth-most shots on our team and yet he's the
best player in college basketball. He defers to his teammates," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement released by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. "He
bought into our system and basically said, 'Tell me how you want me to play.' He's been the ultimate team
player and I couldn't be happier for him."
Kansas' Bill Self was named the Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year earlier Sunday.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.