With the NCAA regular season coming to a close and the NCAA Tournament just around the corner, it’s time for awards week at The Hoops Manifesto. We’ve teamed up with some of the best NCAA writers on the web to vote on who gets the (virtual) hardware. Next up: Player of the Year
Voters: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, Perry Missner from College Fantasy Hoops Insider, Adam Francis from Raptors HQ.
Anthony Davis – Forward – Kentucky – Freshman
14.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 1.4 spg
We’ve seen plenty of freshman take the NCAA world by storm since the NBA instituted an age limit to enter the draft. Kevin Durant. Michael Beasley. John Wall. Seemingly every year we have at least one (often more) precocious teenager dominate the nation’s collegiate courts. But Anthony Davis is different. He hasn’t done it via spectacular offensive outbursts like the other guys – he’s done it on defense, swatting shots and making life miserable for the opposition. And pouring in over 14 points a game on the other end of the court isn’t too shabby, either. For his superb play this season, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is our NCAA Player of the Year.