We are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2011 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced simultaneously the night of Feb. 15 on Kentucky.com and at the inaugural Bluegrass Sports Awards Banquet. Complete results will be in the Feb. 16 Herald-Leader.
What he did in 2011: After Turkish center prospect Enes Kanter failed to gain NCAA eligibility for the Kentucky men's basketball team, Harrellson went from little-used reserve to starting center and thrived. He became a Kentucky folk hero by averaging 12 points and 8.1 rebounds in eight post-season tournament games (SEC and NCAA) to help UK to the Final Four. Completing a fairy-tale year, Harrellson was selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and made the team.
Voter comment: "Jorts' shorts and his toughness in the NCAA (Tournament) can't be forgotten." — Alan Cutler, WLEX-TV, Lexington
Previously announced finalists: Bob Beatty, John Calipari, Randall Cobb, Scott Davenport, Victoria Dunlap and Kenneth Faried.