Anthony Davis, make room for another award.
Raking in his third major national player of the year honor, Kentucky’s freshman shot-blocking sensation was named Basketball Times’ Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Davis has had one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in national history. He averages a team-leading 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds, a nation-best 4.6 blocks, all while leading the Wildcats to a 36-2 overall record, their second consecutive Final Four berth, and an undefeated Southeastern Conference regular season and championship. He scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots Sunday in the win over Baylor.
The 6-foot-10 forward has logged 175 blocks, the most in SEC history. He’s also been the driving force in helping the Wildcats break the NCAA all-time mark with a running total of 326 for the season. Davis is eight blocks shy of breaking the all-time NCAA mark for freshmen.
He recently surpassed DeMarcus Cousins’ freshman record for rebounds in a season with 385 boards. He’s one double-double short of tying Cousins’ freshman double-double record of 20 games.
Davis has already captured the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Adolph Rupp Award, given annually to the national player the year. He’s been named the Wayman Tisdale Award winner (U.S. Basketball Writers Association Freshman of the Year), SEC Player of the Year and he’s a Naismith Trophy finalist.
“I didn’t know I was going to have this much success,” Davis said last week at the South Regional finals. “I thought I’d be alright at college, doing whatever I do to help my team win. But as far as the awards and successes rolling in, I didn’t have no plans of being this successful in college. I’m grateful for it. I think about it all the time.”