Over the coming days, we are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2014 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award.
The winner will be announced simultaneously the night of Feb. 4 on Kentucky.com and at the fourth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet.
Complete results from Sportsman voting will be in the Feb. 5 Herald-Leader along with a story on the winner and summaries on each of the top 10 finishers in the voting.
Here is the second of the 10 finalists:
Why 2014 was a very good year: The New Orleans Pelicans power forward (20.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, NBA-leading 2.8 blocks) made his first appearance in an NBA All-Star Game. The ex-UK big man (12.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg) led Team USA to the gold medal in the FIBA World Championships.
What the voters said:
1.) "His seemingly meteoric improvement, his success at every level and the way he's represented his school, its fan base and this state, make him in my eyes 'Kentucky Sportsman of the Year' in every sense of the word."
— Dave Baker, WKYT-TV, Lexington
2.) "Anthony Davis is simply amazing and incredibly humble. He's a great ambassador for Kentucky."
— Terry Meiners, WHAS-AM, Louisville
3.) "An All-Star year and another medal. AD is amazing."
— Keith Elkins, Lexington Legends radio play-by-play announcer