Kentucky Wildcat big man, Anthony Davis, has another award to add to his trophy case. It was announced today that the 6’10”, 220 lb. freshman center is this year’s Adolph Rupp Trophy winner, an award given to the nation’s top NCAA Div. 1 men’s basketball player and one of the most prestigious awards given each year, named for the legendary Wildcat head-coach.
Davis leads the No. 1 team in the country, the 34-2 Kentucky Wildcats, in points (14.3), rebounds (10), blocks (4.6) this season. This year, he broke the SEC and KU record for single-season blocked shots with 166, the most in the nation by quite a bit (36).
Since the Rupp Trophy was first awarded in 1971 , Davis is just the third freshman to ever receive the honor. He is the second Wildcat to ever win the trophy, along with fellow Wildcat, John Wall, who won the award three seasons ago, also as a freshman.
This isn’t Davis’ first National Player of the Year award to receive this season; he was also named the Sporting News Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and is a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.
In addition to the personal trophies Davis has received, his Wildcats are still alive in this year’s NCAA Tournament and favored by most to win it all.
Up next, Davis and the Kentucky Wildcats will face the Indiana Hoosiers in the Sweet Sixteen.
No doubt the freshman and the rest of his Kentucky teammates have their sights set firmly upon the greatest prize of all: the Wooden NCAA National Championship trophy.