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Seth Greenberg hosted the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in New Orleans. Among the honorees were Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Anthony Davis (Kentucky) and Doug McDermott (Creighton).

March 30, 2012


NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Kentucky's Anthony Davis is the recipient of the 2012 Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year award.

Davis finished with 186 blocks which is the most in the history of the SEC. He's also been the driving force in that statistical category in helping the Wildcats break the NCAA all-time mark with a running total of 333 for the season. He also set the all-time NCAA mark for freshmen.

"Anthony Davis had one of the more memorable freshmen seasons in history," said Angela Lento, co-founder of CollegeInsider.com. "He is one of those rare players that can dominate the game without scoring. He's a special talent."

Davis owns freshman records for blocks and rebounds by a Kentucky first-year player. He's posted 399 total rebounds surpassing DeMarcus Cousins' record set back in the 2009-10 season. Davis has tied the UK freshman record for double-doubles (20) set by Cousins during the same season. He also led Kentucky with 10.4 rebounds per game.

The award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.

The award was presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in New Orleans, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.


Larry Anderson 6-5 Sr. Long Beach State
Quincy Acy 6-7 Sr. Baylor
Kent Bazemore 6-5 Sr. Old Dominion
Aaron Craft 6-2 So. Ohio State
Jae Crowder 6-6 Sr. Marquette
Anthony Davis 6-11 Fr. Kentucky
Gorgui Dieng 6-11 So. Louisville
Jontel Evans 5-11 Jr. Virginia
Draymond Green 6-7 Sr. Michigan State
Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 Sr. California
John Henson 6-11 Jr. North Carolina
Bernard James 6-10 Sr. Florida State
Fab Melo 7-0 So. Syracuse
C.J. McCollum 6-3 Jr. Lehigh
Victor Oladipo 6-5 So. Indiana
Jeff Taylor 6-7 Sr. Vanderbilt
Jeff Withey 7-0 Jr. Kansas

* Due to a tie in the voting there are 17 players on the team.

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