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April 2, 2012

2012 AT&T NABC GUARDIANS OF THE GAME AWARDS SHOW SUMMARY

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

AT&T/NABC GUARDIANS OF THE GAME AWARDS SHOW WRAPUP

NEW ORLEANS (April 2, 2012) – The following awards were presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches at the annual AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show held April 1, 2012, at the New Orleans Theatre in the Ernest Morial Convention Center.

Tim Brando, CBS television sports personality, was the host of the show, held during the annual NABC convention and the NCAA Final Four®. 

Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&TAnthony Davis, Kentucky

Spalding Pete Newell Big Man of the YearAnthony Davis, Kentucky

NABC Defensive Player of the YearAnthony Davis, Kentucky

NABC Coaches’ Division I Player of the YearDraymond Green, Michigan State

NABC Coaches’ Division II Player of the YearBraydon Hobbs, Bellarmine

NABC Coaches’ Division III Player of the YearChris Davis, UW-Whitewater

UPS NABC Division I Coach of the YearTom Izzo, Michigan State

UPS NABC Division II Coach of the YearBrad Jackson, Western Washington

UPS NABC Division III Coach of the YearPat Miller, UW-Whitewater

NABC/Hillyard Golden Anniversary AwardRollie Massimino, Northwood (FL)

NABC Literacy Champion AwardDoug Davalos, Texas State

NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Champion AwardLon Kruger, Oklahoma

NABC Guardians of the Game Pillar Awards

          Advocacy – Bill Brown, California (PA)

          Education – Mike McConathy, Northwestern State

          Leadership – Lorenzo Romar, Washington

          Service – Scott Nagy, South Dakota State

Metropolitan AwardJim Nantz, CBS Sports

NABC Ray Marquette AwardLennox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal

                                               (President, U.S. Basketball Writers Assn)

Newton S. Hillyard Award (Outgoing NABC President) – Ernie Kent

 

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas.  Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.  The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.  All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes.  The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.  Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.com.

Rick Leddy, NABC (ricknabc@gmail.com)