Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is the Yahoo! Sports national player of the year, leads All-America team

In a season in which a Kentucky team with five starters who were underclassmen won the national title, it should come as no surprise that one of those young Wildcats is the Yahoo! Sports national player of the year.

Freshman big man Anthony Davis changed the course of numerous games this season – literally and figuratively – with his shot-blocking prowess. Davis also produced on offense and on the boards.

UK's Anthony Davis earned another honor: Yahoo! Sports national player of the year.
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He is joined on our All-America first team by four upperclassmen: seniors Marcus Denmon of Missouri and Draymond Green of Michigan State and juniors Isaiah Canaan of Murray State and Thomas Robinson of Kansas.

Fellow UK freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a third-team selection. Kansas (Robinson and third-teamer Tyshawn Taylor) and North Carolina (second-teamer Kendall Marshall and third-teamer Tyler Zeller) also had two players honored.

Along with our three-deep All-America team, we also selected various other All-America teams: an All-High-Mid-Major squad, an All-Mid-Major team and an All-Low-Major group. We used the overall conference RPIs to differentiate within the other categories.

Coming Sunday is our freshman All-America team.

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Yahoo! Sports All-America first team

C Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Particulars: 6-10/220, Fr.; Chicago Perspectives Charter
Key stats: 14.2 ppg, 62.3 FG%, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 1.4 spg

F Draymond Green, Michigan State
Particulars: 6-7/230, Sr.; Saginaw (Mich.) High
Key stats: 16.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg

F Thomas Robinson, Kansas
Particulars: 6-10/237, Jr.; Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy
Key stats: 17.7 ppg, 50.5 FG%, 11.9 rpg, 1.1 spg

G Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Particulars: 6-0/193, Jr.; Biloxi (Miss.) High
Key stats: 19.0 ppg, 45.6 3-pt FG%, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg

G Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Particulars: 6-3/185, Sr.; Kansas City Hogan Prep
Key stats: 17.7 ppg, 40.7 3-pt FG%, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg

Second team

F Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Particulars: 6-8/260, Sr.; Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High
Key stats: 19.9 ppg, 50.9 FG%, 10.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg

F Doug McDermott, Creighton
Particulars: 6-7/220, Soph.; Ames (Iowa) High
Key stats: 22.9 ppg, 60.1 FG%, 48.6 3-pt FG%, 8.2 rpg

F Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
Particulars: 6-9/280, Soph.; Columbus (Ohio) Northland
Key stats: 17.5 ppg, 51.9 FG%, 9.2 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.1 bpg

G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Particulars: 6-4/220, Jr.; Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp
Key stats: 19.9 ppg, 43.9 3-pt FG%

G Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Particulars: 6-4/195, Soph.; Arlington (Va.) Bishop O’Connell
Key stats: 8.1 ppg, 9.8 apg, 1.2 spg

Third team

C Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Particulars: 7-0/250, Sr.; Washington (Ind.) High
Key stats: 16.3 ppg, 55.3 FG%, 9.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg

F Jae Crowder, Marquette
Particulars: 6-6/235, Sr.; Howard College (Texas), preceded by Villa Rica (Ga.) High
Key stats: 17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 spg

F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Particulars: 6-7/232, Fr.; Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
Key stats: 11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg

G Damian Lillard, Weber State
Particulars: 6-3/195, Jr.; Oakland High
Key stats: 24.5 ppg, 40.9 3-pt FG%, 4.0 apg, 5.0 rpg

G Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
Particulars: 6-3/185, Sr.; Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony
Key stats: 16.6 ppg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg

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All-High-Mid-Major first team

The leagues: Atlantic 10, Conference USA, Missouri Valley, Mountain West and West Coast. That quintet was the highest-ranked in the RPI outside of the Big Six leagues.

F Doug McDermott, Creighton
Conference: Missouri Valley
Particulars: 6-7/220, Soph.; Ames (Iowa) High
Key stats: 22.9 ppg, 60.1 FG%, 48.6 3-pt FG%, 8.2 rpg

F Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Conference: Atlantic 10
Particulars: 6-9/240, Sr.; Mississauga (Ontario, Canada) Father Michael Goetz Secondary School
Key stats: 18.5 ppg, 57.1 FG%, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg

G Will Barton, Memphis
Conference: Conference USA
Particulars: 6-6/175, Soph.; Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy
Key stats: 18.0 ppg, 50.9 FG%, 8.0 rpg, 1.4 spg

G Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary’s
Conference: West Coast
Particulars: 6-4/190, Jr.; Bruce (Australia) Australian Institute of Sport
Key stats: 15.5 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.3 rpg

G Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Conference: Mountain West
Particulars: 6-5/195, Soph.; Phoenix Westwind
Prep Key stats: 17.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.0 spg

Second team

F Drew Gordon, New Mexico
Conference: Mountain West
Particulars: 6-9/245, Sr.; transfer from UCLA, preceded by San Jose Archbishop Mitty
Key stats: 13.7 ppg, 54.2 FG%, 11.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 1.1 spg

F Cameron Moore, UAB
Conference: Conference USA
Particulars: 6-10/230, Sr.; San Antonio Roosevelt
Key stats: 16.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg

F Mike Moser, UNLV
Conference: Mountain West
Particulars: 6-8/210, Soph.; transfer from UCLA, preceded by Portland Grant
Key stats: 14.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.9 spg

G Tu Holloway, Xavier
Conference: Atlantic 10
Particulars: 6-0/190, Sr.; Cincinnati Harmony School
Key stats: 17.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 spg

G Ramone Moore, Temple
Conference: Atlantic 10
Particulars: 6-4/190, Sr.; Philadelphia Southern
Key stats: 17.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 spg

Third team

F Brian Conklin, Saint Louis
Conference: Atlantic 10
Particulars: 6-6/230, Sr.; Eugene (Ore.) North Eugene
Key stats: 13.9 ppg, 52.1 FG%, 4.6 rpg

F Noah Hartsock, BYU
League:West Coast
Particulars: 6-8/230, Sr.; Bartlesville (Okla.) High
Key stats: 16.8 ppg, 56.5 FG%, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg

F Rob Jones, Saint Mary’s
Conference: West Coast
Particulars: 6-6/240, Sr.; transfer from San Diego, preceded by San Francisco Archbishop Ryan
Key stats: 15.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.3 spg

G Colt Ryan, Evansville
Conference: Missouri Valley
Particulars: 6-5/210, Jr.; Batesville (Ind.) High
Key stats: 20.5 ppg, 43.8 3-pt FG%, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 spg

G Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Conference: Atlantic 10
Particulars: 5-9/175, Soph.; transfer from Hofstra, preceded by Brooklyn (N.Y.) Bishop Ford Central Catholic
Key stats: 16.9 ppg, 41.9 3-pt FG%, 6.2 apg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 spg

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All-Mid-Major first team

The leagues: Atlantic Sun, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Summit, Sun Belt and Western Athletic. These were the conferences ranked 12th through 20th in the RPI.

F Wendell McKines, New Mexico State
Conference: Western Athletic
Particulars: 6-6/230, Sr.; Richmond (Calif.) High
Key stats: 18.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg

F Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts
Conference: Summit
Particulars: 6-6/210, Sr.; Raytown (Mo.) High
Key stats: 19.8 ppg, 42.3 3-pt FG%, 4.3 rpg

F Ryan Pearson, George Mason
Conference: Colonial
Particulars: 6-6/237, Sr.; Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King
Key stats: 17.0 ppg, 50.2 FG%, 8.2 rpg, 1.3 spg

G Reggie Hamilton, Oakland
Conference: Summit
Particulars: 5-11/176, Sr.; transfer from UMKC, preceded by Chicago Thornwood
Key stats: 26.2 ppg, 42.0 3-pt FG%, 5.1 apg, 3.8 rpg

G Scott Machado, Iona
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic
Particulars: 6-1/180, Sr.; Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep
Key stats: 13.6 ppg, 40.4 3-pt FG%, 9.9 apg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 spg

Second team

F Mike Glover, Iona
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic
Particulars: 6-7/215, Sr.; College of Eastern Utah, preceded by Aston (Pa.) American Christian Academy
Key stats: 18.3 ppg, 63.7 FG%, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg

F Mitchell Watt, Buffalo
Conference: Mid-American
Particulars: 6-10/225, Sr.; Goodyear (Ariz.) Desert Edge
Key stats: 16.3 ppg, 55.4 FG%, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 bpg

F Alex Young, IUPUI
Conference: Summit
Particulars: 6-6/212, Sr.; Indianapolis Northwest
Key stats: 20.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 spg

G Deonte Burton, Nevada
Conference: Western Athletic
Particulars: 6-1/185, Soph.; Compton (Calif.) Centennial
Key stats: 14.8 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.1 spg

G Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Conference: Summit
Particulars: 6-4/193, Jr.; St. Cloud (Minn.) St. Cloud Tech
Key stats: 21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg

Third team

F Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso
Conference: Horizon
Particulars: 6-7/215, Jr.; Bruce (Australia) Australian Institute of Sport
Key stats: 14.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 spg

F Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Conference: Atlantic Sun
Particulars: 6-6/215, Soph.; Great Falls (S.C.) High
Key stats: 16.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg

F LaRon Dendy, Middle Tennessee
Conference: Sun Belt
Particulars: 6-9/230, Sr.; transfer from Iowa State, preceded by Ottumwa (Iowa) Indian Hills CC and Kings Mountain (N.C.) Hope Christian
Key stats: 14.6 ppg, 53.0 FG%, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 spg

G George Beamon, Manhattan
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic
Particulars: 6-4/170, Jr.; Roslyn (N.Y.) High
Key stats: 19.0 ppg, 42.7 3-pt FG%, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 spg

G Zach Rosen, Penn
Conference: Ivy
Particulars: 6-1/170, Sr.; Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep
Key stats: 18.2 ppg, 5.2 apg, 1.4 spg

All-Low-Major first team

The leagues: America East, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Great West, Independents, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland and Southwestern Athletic. These were the leagues ranked 21st through 32nd in the RPI.

C Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic
Particulars: 6-10/240, Sr.; Jamaica (N.Y.) Campus Magnet
Key stats: 15.9 ppg, 57.3 FG%, 10.3 rpg, 2.7 bpg

F/G Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech
Conference: Ohio Valley
Particulars: 6-7/185, Sr.; Atlanta Creekside
Key stats: 20.6 ppg, 41.6 3-pt FG%, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 apg

G Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Conference: Ohio Valley
Particulars: 6-0/193, Jr.; Biloxi (Miss.) High
Key stats: 19.0 ppg, 45.6 3-pt FG%, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg

G Damian Lillard, Weber State
Conference: Big Sky
Particulars: 6-3/195, Jr.; Oakland High
Key stats: 24.5 ppg, 40.9 3-pt FG%, 4.0 apg, 5.0 rpg

G C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Conference: Patriot
Particulars: 6-3/180, Jr.; Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak
Key stats: 21.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.6 spg

Second team

F Julian Boyd, Long Island
Conference: Northeast
Particulars: 6-7/230, Jr.; San Antonio Taft
Key stats: 17.4 ppg, 55.7 FG%, 9.3 rpg

F De’Mon Brooks, Davidson
Conference: Southern
Particulars: 6-7/227, Soph.; Charlotte Hopewell
Key stats: 15.7 ppg, 53.0 FG%, 6.2 rpg, 1.0 spg

F T.J. Robinson, Long Beach State
Conference: Big West
Particulars: 6-8/205, Sr.; Bridgeport (Conn.) Kolbe Cathedral
Key stats: 12.0 ppg, 52.4 FG%, 10.2 rpg

G Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara
Conference: Big West
Particulars: 6-5/205, Sr.; transfer from Loyola Marymount, preceded by Salinas (Calif.) Palma School
Key stats: 19.7 ppg, 42.7 3-pt FG%, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 spg

G Casper Ware, Long Beach State
Conference: Big West
Particulars: 5-10/175, Sr.; Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr
Key stats: 17.4 ppg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg

Third team

C Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Conference: Patriot
Particulars: 6-11/234, Jr.; Roseville (Minn.) High
Key stats: 17.0 ppg, 50.3 FG%, 9.1 rpg

F Ken Horton, Central Connecticut
Conference: Northeast
Particulars: 6-6/198, Sr.; Ossining (N.Y.) High
Key stats: 19.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.1 spg, 1.4 bpg

G Will Cherry, Montana
Conference: Big Sky
Particulars: 6-1/180, Jr.; Oakland McClymonds
Key stats: 15.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 spg

G Matt Dickey, UNC Asheville
Conference: Big South
Particulars: 6-1/180, Sr.; Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville
Key stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.6 apg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 spg

G/F Patrick Richard, McNeese State
Conference: Southland
Particulars: 6-4/208, Sr.; Carencro (La.) High
Key stats: 17.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 spg

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Updated Friday, Apr 6, 2012