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Chicago Native Anthony Davis Wins AP Player Of The Year

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis won the AP Player of the Year award on Friday.

Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis will lead his team into the Final Four on Saturday against the Louisville Cardinals, and today he received an impressive honor for his play this year. Davis, a Chicago native, won the AP Player of the Year award on Friday. The freshman averaged 14.3 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, 4.6 blocks on 64.2 percent shooting from the floor.

Davis, the presumed No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, becomes only the second freshman ever to win the award and, surprisingly, the first Kentucky player to win. Kevin Durant won the award as a freshman during his one dominating season at Texas in 2007.

Davis received 43 out of 65 votes from the same pannel that votes on the AP Top 25 each week. The vote was taken before the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Forward Thomas Robinson of the Kansas Jayhawks and Michigan State Spartans forward Draymont Green finished second and third in the balloting, respectively.

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