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March 31, 2012

Davis wins Wooden Award

NEW ORLEANS - Anthony Davis' collection of National Player of the Year awards had a major addition on Saturday, when it was announced that he's won the John R. Wooden Award - the first Kentucky player ever to do so.

Davis, whose Wildcats will face Louisville in the national semifinals at 6:09 p.m. EDT Saturday, was presented the Wooden Award trophy in New Orleans this morning by Greg Wooden, grandson of the late, legendary UCLA coach. The award is sponsored by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Davis is the 36th player to win the award but only the second freshman. (Texas' Kevin Durant in 2007)

Davis is also the first Southeastern Conference Player to win the Wooden award.

Davis was the top vote-getter in Wooden balloting conducted by hundreds of media members. Kansas' Thomas Robinson got the second-most votes, followed in the top five by Michigan State's Draymond Green, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and North Carolina's Tyler Zeller. The ten-player All American team also included in alphabetical order Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Jae Crowder, Marquette; Marcus Denmon, Missouri; Kevin Jones, West Virginia; and Doug McDermott, Creighton.

Davis and the other All-Americans will be honored at the Wooden Award Gala in Los Angeles next Friday.

Davis was named the Associated Press National Player of the Year on Thursday, the same day he was presented with the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He's also won the Rupp Trophy national award and been named the nation's top player by multiple other media outlets.

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