Redick is the third basketball player to win the honor in the 76 years it has been given. Bill Bradley won in 1965 and Bill Walton took the award in 1973.
The Duke senior became the Atlantic Coast Conference's all-time leading scorer this season and was the league's player of the year. He was also voted the John R. Wooden Award as the top college basketball player in the country.
Other Sullivan Award finalists were Louisiana State women's basketball player Seimone Augustus; Florida hurdler Kerron Clement; two-time Olympic taekwondo gold medalist Steven Lopez; Olympic diving champion Laura Wilkinson; 2005 World Cup champion skier Bode Miller; and 2005 world gymnastics champion Chellsie Memmel.
The Sullivan Award is presented by the Amateur Athletic Union.