Cats Rack Up SEC Honors

An undefeated run through the regular season led to Kentucky dominating the year-end SEC awards, which were announced by the league on Tuesday.

John Calipari was named SEC Coach of the Year, while junior center/forward Willie Cauley-Stein was honored as Defensive Player of the year. Freshman guard Devin Booker was tabbed Sixth Man of the Year, and freshman center/forward Karl-Anthony Towns grabbed Freshman of the Year honors.

Bobby Portis of Arkansas was named the SEC Player of the Year.

It marked the third time that Calipari has been named the SEC's Coach of the Year during his six seasons on the UK bench and the eighth time in his career he's been honored by his league. Under his guidance, Kentucky (31-0, 18-0 SEC) led the nation in defensive field goal percentage (.351).

Cauley-Stein and Towns were also picked as first-team All-SEC members, while Booker and Aaron Harrison earned a spot on the league's second team. Booker, Towns and classmates Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis all claimed spots on the All-SEC Freshman Team. Cauley-Stein earned his second career All-SEC Defensive Team honor.

Under Calipari, UK has featured the SEC Defensive Player of the Year three times as Cauley-Stein joined previous winners Anthony Davis (2012) and Nerlens Noel (2013). The 7-footer from Kansas established himself as perhaps the nation's top all-around defender, leading the Wildcats with 44 steals and ranking second on the team with 49 blocked shots.

The Cats have won six consecutive SEC Feshman of the Year awards as Towns joined previous winners John Wall (2010), Terrence Jones (2011), Anthony Davis (2012), Nerlens Noel (2013) and Julius Randle (2014). The New Jersey native averaged 9.7 points and 6.6 rebounds, shot 56 percent from the field and 79 percent at the line, and led UK with 74 blocked shots this season.

Booker, who averaged 10.9 points per game and shot 44 percent from 3-point range as a freshman, was the third Calipari player to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors at UK. Darius Miller and Kyle Wiltjer also won the award in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

No. 1 Kentucky enters postseason play on Friday at 1 p.m. ET against the Alabama/Florida winner in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

First Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Stefan Moody, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 179, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Danuel House, Texas A&M – G, 6-7, 207, Jr., Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC
Levi Randolph, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Madison, Ala.
Michael Qualls, Arkansas – G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Shreveport, La.
K.T. Harrell, Auburn – G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 194, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M – G/F, 6-7, 223, Jr., Dallas, Texas

SEC All-Freshman Team
Anton Beard, Arkansas – G, 6-0, 190, Fr., North Little Rock, Ark.
Devin Robinson, Florida – F, 6-8, 178, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.
Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Trey Lyles, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – G, 5-9, 155, Fr., Lima, Ohio
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Belle Mead, N.J.
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt – G, 6-2, 194, Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga,
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky
SEC Player of the Year: Bobby Portis, Arkansas
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Levi Randolph, Alabama
SEC Freshman of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Devin Booker, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky


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