Stuart McNair

Alabama’s leading scorer Braxton Key makes SEC All-Freshman team

Braxton Key and Alabama teammates next play in SEC Tournament

There is the inevitable, and even knowing that Kentucky would dominate Southeastern Conference all-star teams, as expected Alabama forward Braxton Key was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team.
Key, a native of Charlotte, N.C., comes into this week’s SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament leading the Tide with 12.3 points and 29.3 minutes per game, while also topping the team in double-figure scoring games (18) and games scoring more than 20 points (3). He ranks second on the team in assists with 2.4 per game and is third in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and three-point field goal percentage (.333) through regular season play.
Key has been even better in SEC competition, ranking 17th in league games only with 14.0 points per game and 14th with 6.1 rebounds per contest.
Earlier in the season, Key was named the league’s freshman of the week on Jan. 30, after leading the Crimson Tide to wins at Georgia and vs. Mississippi State. In those games, he averaged 22.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, while shooting 11-of-24 (45.8 per cent) from the floor, 4-of-8 (50 per cent) on three-point tries, and 19-of-27 (70.8 per cent) on free throws.
Key is the 16th player in Alabama program history to be named to the All-SEC Freshman Team. Alabama did not have a player selected to either the first or second All-SEC team, and Key was the first Crimson Tide player selected to the freshman honor squad in three years. The last was Shannon Hale in 2013-14.
Key and the Tide earned the No. 5 seed and will begin play in the SEC Tournament on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. CT against the winner of No. 12 Mississippi State and No. 13 LSU. That contest will air live on SEC Network.
Individual selections by the SEC coaches were:
Coach of the Year: Mike White, Florida
Player of the Year: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt
Freshman of the Year: Malik Monk, Kentucky
Sixth-Man of the Year: Canyon Barry, Florida
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Williams, Texas A&M

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