UK Men's Basketball

Calipari, Wall to receive Rupp Awards on Thursday

Kentucky Coach John Calipari and freshman John Wall will be presented the Adolph Rupp Cup and Adolph Rupp Trophy, honoring the National Coach of the Year and National Player of the Year on Thursday in Indianapolis.

Calipari and Wall were named the award winners last week, but the ceremony to honor them was set to take place during the Final Four this week.

This is the first time in the 38-year history of the Rupp Award that a Kentucky player or coach has won. It's also the first time both recipients came from the same school.

In his inaugural season in Lexington, Calipari led the Wildcats to a 35-3 record, the program's 44th Southeastern Conference championship, 26th SEC Tournament championship and the school's first appearance in the NCAA regional finals since 2005.

Calipari, who has never previously won the Rupp Award, recorded his fifth straight 30-win season.

Wall led the Wildcats in scoring (16.6), assists (6.5) and steals (1.8) per game. He set UK freshman records in scoring, assists and free throws made.

Wall broke the UK single-game assist record with 16 and finished his freshman year with 241 assists, breaking the UK record of 232 set in 1986.

The awards are presented by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky, a non-profit organization established in 1972 by players and colleagues of former UK head coach Adolph Rupp.

Voting was conducted by a national panel of more than 90 sportswriters, coaches and athletics directors representing every major Division I conference and all geographic regions of the country.

A reception begins at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, followed by the presentations at 5 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

3 Cats on Freshman All-America team

Kentucky freshmen Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall were named to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America team on Wednesday.

Bledsoe averaged 11.3 points per game while hitting 49 three-pointers and shooting 38 percent behind the line.

Cousins was second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.1 points and grabbing a team-best 9.8 rebounds per game, all while averaging 23.5 minutes. The Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year also led the Wildcats in double-doubles with 20, the most by a UK player since 1973.

■ Cousins and Wall were named to the 2010 Lute Olson All-America Team, also presented by CollegeInsider.com.

CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America Team

Avery Bradley, Texas; Alec Burks, Colorado; Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky; Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech; Chris Gaston, Fordham; Elias Harris, Gonzaga; Xavier Henry, Kansas; Desmar Jackson, Wyoming; Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State; C.J. McCollum, Lehigh; Reggie Moore, Washington State; Derek Needham, Fairfield; Greg Smith, Fresno State; Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati; Brandon Triche, Syracuse; John Wall, Kentucky; Hassan Whiteside, Marshall; Derrick Williams, Arizona.

Lute Olson All-America Team

Cole Aldrich, Kansas; James Anderson, Oklahoma State; Luke Babbitt, Nevada; Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia; Sherron Collins, Kansas; DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky; Jordan Crawford, Xavier; Gordon Hayward, Butler; Lazar Hayward, Marquette; Damion James, Texas; Wesley Johnson, Syracuse; Dominique Jones, South Florida; Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young; Greg Monroe, Georgetown; Jacob Pullen, Kansas State; Scottie Reynolds, Villanova; Omar Samhan, Saint Mary's; Jon Scheyer, Duke; Evan Turner, Ohio State; Greivis Vasquez, Maryland; John Wall, Kentucky.

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