Kentucky's Davis named SEC Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2012 

On the same day Anthony Davis was chosen No. 1 in the NBA Draft, the former University of Kentucky basketball star added one last collegiate award to his vast collection.

The Southeastern Conference named Davis its 2011-12 Male Athlete of the Year, based on a vote by the league's athletics directors.

"When you consider how competitive the Southeastern Conference as a whole has been in all sports, it's a complete honor to be named SEC Male Athlete of the Year," Davis said in a news release.

Alabama golfer Brooke Pancake earned the league's Female Athlete of the Year honor.

Davis is the sixth UK athlete to win the award, joining Tim Couch (1999), Jenny Hansen (1995), Jamal Mashburn (1993), Kyle Macy (1980) and Jack Givens (1978).

"Anthony had an incredible year and is very deserving," Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "He led our program both on the floor and off the floor. He exemplified the competitive spirit indicative of this award."

Davis was named the nation's top player in 2011-12 by several organizations, earning the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Adolph Rupp Trophy, The Associated Press Player of the Year, Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year, Basketball Times Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award.

Davis helped lead Kentucky to its eighth national championship in men's basketball and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

He set an NCAA freshman record for blocked shots with 186, a total that also set the SEC single-season record.

"I'm so proud of Anthony," UK Coach John Calipari said. "To become the Male Athlete of the Year in the greatest conference in the country is truly a remarkable achievement. Anthony did it by becoming the ultimate team player. He deferred to his teammates, put the team before himself and dedicated himself to becoming the best player in the country. I couldn't be happier for Anthony, and I'm looking forward to watching him achieve even greater things at the NBA level."

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