Anthony Davis of Kentucky was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year Monday as well as the league’s top freshman and best defensive player in voting by the league’s coaches.
Kentucky’s John Calipari, who led No. 1 the Wildcats to a 16-0 conference record, was honored as the SEC Coach of the Year and senior Darius Miller won the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Davis owns the school and conference records for most blocks in a season with 146. He averages a team-high 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
Davis and and teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named among 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award announced Tuesday, and Davis was also named Player of the Year by Sporting News. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced that Davis was voted the District IV Player of the Year. Davis, along with Kidd-Gilchrist, was also voted to the District IV All-District Team.
Kidd-Gilchrist, who averages 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds, joined Davis on the All-SEC first team, the freshman team and the defensive team.
Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb were All-SEC second team selections. Jones averages 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. Lamb averages 13.3 points with a team-high .840 free-throw percentage.