ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association
has selected Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis as the winner of the
2011-12 Oscar Robertson Trophy, annually presented to the
National Player of the Year.
The 6-10, 220-pounder from Chicago, Ill., becomes the
first USBWA national player of the year from Kentucky and just
the second from a Southeastern Conference school. LSU's Pete
Maravich is the only other SEC player to win the award and he
won it in back-to-back seasons (1968-69 and 1969-70). Also,
Davis is the second freshman to earn the honor, joining Texas'
Kevin Durant, who claimed the award in the 2006-07 season.
Davis will be presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy by
its namesake, the legendary Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual College Basketball
Awards Breakfast on Friday, March 30 at 8 a.m. at the New
Orleans Marriott in conjunction with the NCAA Men's
Final Four. For tickets to the awards breakfast, visit the USBWA
A first-team USBWA All-American and USBWA District IV Player
of the Year, Davis was chosen as the national player of the year
from a field of 10 finalists, based on regular-season
performance. Last week, he was named the winner of the
Wayman Tisdale Award as the USBWA's national freshman
of the Year.
The SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the
led the Wildcats (34-2) to an unbeaten record in SEC play (16-0) and the
SEC regular-season championship. Kentucky, the NCAA tournament's
No. 1 overall seed, continues its pursuit of a national
championship in the South Regional in Atlanta, where they will
play Indiana on Friday evening.
Davis has started all 36 games this season and has led the
team with 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting
63.6 percent from the field, second best in the nation. Davis
also leads the nation in blocks (166). Twice this season Davis
was named the SEC Player of the Week and he was the conference's
Freshman of the Week four times. In 30 of the Wildcats' 36
games, he has scored in double figures while recording 18
"Anthony Davis made an immediate and dramatic impact on
college basketball," said USBWA President Lenox Rawlings of the
Winston-Salem Journal. "He has many skills, most obvious among
them his ability to block and alter shots. Davis' dominance
inside solidified Kentucky as a national title contender and
brought Bill Russell back into the dialogue, shining light on
the vital half of the game that people often ignore."
In addition to the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Henry Iba Award
will be presented to the association's national coach of the
legendary LSU coach Dale Brown and his 1981 and '86 Final Four teams
will also be honored on that Friday morning.
Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership
of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists.
It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after
a former player. The legendary Oscar Robertson was the USBWA's
first player of the year in 1959. The USBWA renamed its player of
the year award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-444-4325.
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