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 on Wednesday night on Kentucky.com and at the inaugural Bluegrass Sports Awards Banquet. Complete results will be in Thursday’s Herald-Leader.
What he did in 2011: The former Bryan Station standout led Butler on Cinderella Run 2.0. Mack lit up the NCAA Tournament (20.3 ppg in six games) while leading the Bulldogs to the national championship game for the second year in a row. In the tournament, he hit No. 1-seed Pittsburgh for 30 points. In the game that sent Brad Stevens’ team back to the Final Four, Mack dropped 27 on Florida. Against fellow-Cinderella VCU in the national semifinals, he had 24 points.
Voter comment: “A main character in one of college basketball’s all-time Cinderella stories.” — Kyle Tucker, The Courier-Journal
Previously announced finalists: Bob Beatty, John Calipari, Randall Cobb, Scott Davenport, Victoria Dunlap, Kenneth Faried and Josh Harrellson.