University of Kentucky freshman forward Anthony Davis was Thursday named the winner of the 2012 Adolph Rupp Award as the national player of the year.
The Rupp Award, selected by journalists, coaches and administrators, is handed out by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky (CACK) — an organization which honors the late Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp.
"It has been an absolute joy watching Anthony play this year. Especially considering that he’s just a freshman," CACK spokesman Gerry Calvert told WLEX-TV.
"Regardless of records and individual achievement, the one thing Coach Rupp wanted out of a player was for him to make a difference in the game so that the team could win. That’s exactly what Anthony has done this year for UK and, the fact that the only two Kentucky players to have won this award in 40 years have come during John Calipari’s three years is a testament to his recruiting prowess."
Four out of the five previous winners of the Rupp Award have also won the Naismith College Player of the Year, considered the top individual honor in college hoops.
Davis has averaged 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season, leading the Wildcats to a 34-2 season ahead of their Sweet 16 matchup against Indiana on Friday night.