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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 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award.

Davis has had one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in NCAA history. Davis averaged a team-leading 14.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while leading the Wildcats to a 38-2 overall record. The 38 wins are the most ever for an NCAA champion.

"Anthony Davis had one of the greatest seasons in the storied history of Kentucky basketball," said Angela Lento, co-founder of CollegeInsider.com. "He was the most dominating force in college basketball."

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.

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record. After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

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


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