Kentucky Basketball: Anthony Davis Wins Sporting News Player of the Year

Matt OveringContributor IIIMarch 6, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 18:  Anthony Davis #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 18, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Player of the Year talks have been a two-man race for the majority of this college basketball season. Only two players have dominated the game for their respective teams, and only two should be considered National Player of the Year.

Those two players are Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Anthony Davis of Kentucky.

Robinson has led a Kansas squad that many had written off at the start of the year. Davis has anchored the defense for the No. 1 team in the country.

It should come as no surprise that both will be on every All-American ballot this spring. The question has been who should get the Player of the Year award?

Sporting News has announced that it is Davis that has won their coveted 2012 College Basketball Player of the Year award. 

Surprised? If you are pro-Kansas or anti-Kentucky, I understand.

Let me say that both players are well deserving of the award. Robinson has been the focal point of the Kansas offense and has still put up gaudy statistics. Defenses swarm the paint when he has the ball.

But Davis' impact is on both ends of the floor. He averages over 14 points per game to go along with nearly 10 rebounds and five blocks. Those five blocks don't account for the shots he alters—no guard can drive the lane with him standing in the middle.

It should also be noted that during their head-to-head matchup (if you could call it that, Robinson was guarded by Terrence Jones), Kentucky came out on top. Davis scored 14 points and blocked seven shots. 

While that game does not make the argument, it is a culmination of these events that has Davis winning the award. Robinson could very well win the more prestigious Naismith Player of the Year award and he would be very well deserving. 


Both players were named as Sporting News' First-team All-Americans. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made second team All-American.