Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist named Naismith award finalists



Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named among 30 finalists for the Naismith National Player of the Year Award.

Davis is considered one of the favorites. He’s averaging 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game. Head coach John Calipari is in his corner for him to win player of the year awards.

Calipari admitted he is biased and said there are plenty of other worthy candidates, but pointed out that Davis is not racking up the raw numbers (he averages 4.4 fewer shots per game than Kansas’ Thomas Robinson) yet “probably has more of an impact on any of these games. And that’s not taking away anything from anybody else because, you know, those other guys are just as deserving. He has had a special year.”

Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 12 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

UK is one of four schools (North Carolina, Missouri, Syracuse) to have two players on the list.

The full roster of finalists.

Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Will Barton, Memphis

Kenny Boynton, Florida

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary’s

Marcus Denmon, Missouri

Draymond Green, Michigan State

John Henson, North Carolina

John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette

Kevin Jones, West Virginia

Perry Jones III, Baylor

Kris Joseph, Syracuse

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

Damian Lillard, Weber State

Scott Machado, Iona

Doug McDermott, Creighton

Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts

Mike, Moser, UNLV

Arnett, Moultrie Mississippi State

Phil Pressey, Missouri

Thomas Robinson, Kansas

Mike Scott, Virginia

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Dion Waiters, Syracuse

Royce White, Iowa State

Tony Wroten, Washington

Cody Zeller, Indiana

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