Kentucky’s Anthony Davis Breaks NCAA Freshman Block Record

April 2, 2012 – 9:34 pm by Ryan Phillips

I guess Anthony Davis felt like he hadn’t done enough to prove himself during his freshman season, so the 6’10” forward/center decided to break an NCAA record on top of everything else.

During the first half of the national championship game against Kansas, Davis broke the NCAA freshman block record by swatting away three shots in the first 12 minutes. With 8:01 left in the first half, he rolled over to help Terrence Jones against Kansas’ Thomas Robinson and knocked the ball away.

That third swat gave Davis 183 blocks on the season. The previous record was set by Marshall’s Hassan Whiteside with 182 blocks in 34 games back in 2010. To be fair, the title game was Davis’ 40th contest of the year.

Most experts believe Davis will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and he has already won the Naismith, AP, Wooden, Robertson and Rupp awards for national player of the year.

Kentucky ended up pulling out a win in the NCAA Championship Game, with a 67-59 win over the Kansas Jayhawks. Davis finished the game with six blocks, giving him 186 on the season. He added six points, 16 rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Not a bad way to end his first (and surely only) year of college basketball.

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