(NEW ORLEANS) — Kentucky’s Anthony Davis became only the second freshman ever to win The Associated Press’ Player of the Year award on Friday.
“There were a lot of awards yesterday and today,” Davis said. “It’s a great feeling, especially as a freshman. I’ve been working hard and now it’s rewarding.”
Davis, whose team is preparing to play Louisville in the national semifinal on Saturday, had to quickly pick up the reward and then head to practice.
Davis averaged 14.3 points, 10 rebounds and 4.6 blocks a game this year, while helping the Wildcats earn the top overall seed in the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Davis received 43 of the 65 votes that are given out by a national media panel. Kansas forward Thomas Robinson came in second with 20 votes and Michigan State forward Draymond Green came in third with two votes.
The only other freshman to win the award was Texas forward Kevin Durant back in 2007.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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