New Orleans, LA – Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis, set to play for the national title, has added yet another top personal award to his collection Saturday.
Davis became just the second freshman ever to take home the John R. Wooden Award, named after the legendary UCLA coach and presented to the top player in college basketball.
The 6-foot-10 forward was the first Kentucky player to win the award, and the first from the SEC. He joined Kevin Durant (Texas, 2007) as the only freshman to capture it.
Davis had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead top-seeded Kentucky to a win over Louisville on Saturday and a berth in the NCAA title game Monday.
Among his other achievements in a star-making freshman season, Davis was the SEC Player of the Year. He will be honored at the 36th Annual Wooden Award Gala next Friday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.