03-06-2012

Anthony Davis picking up national awards for UK basketball team

Kentucky Press News Service

UK freshman Anthony Davis was named the Sporting News 2012 College Basketball Player of the Year on Tuesday.

And teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was named to the Sporting News Second Team.

Rounding out the first team along with Davis were Draymond Green of Michigan State, Isaiah Canaan of Murray State University, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.

Sporting News also named Davis as SEC Freshman of the Year. John Calipari was voted SEC Coach of the Year by the magazine.

Also on Tuesday, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced that Davis was also that organization's District 4 Player of the Year. Davis, along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, was also been voted to the District 4 All-District Team.

USBWA District 4 is comprised of schools in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Kentucky will return to action in the SEC Tournament on Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m. EST in New Orleans. UK will face the winner of the Arkansas/LSU game.