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Kentucky Wildcats' Malik Monk continues to rack up season honors

Freshman guard picks up assortment of league, national honors with tournament looming.

Coming off a regular season which saw him average more points than any other player coached by John Calipari, Kentucky's Malik Monk has compiled an impressive list of honors.

Monk was named the Associated Press SEC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year on Tuesday to go along with SEC Freshman of the Year honors from the league coaches and Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News.

The Arkansas native was joined on TSN's team by Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Markelle Fultz (Washington) and Josh Jackson (Kansas). He had previously garnered second-team All-America honors from TSN.

Monk is the 13th different player in UK history to win AP Player of the Year in the SEC. He joins Tyler Ulis (2016), Anthony Davis (2012), John Wall (2010), Tayshaun Prince (2001), Ron Mercer (1997), Tony Delk (1996), Jamal Mashburn (1993), Kenny Walker (1986, 1985), Kyle Macy (1980), Kevin Grevey (1975, 1973) and Pat Riley (1966) to achieve the honor.

The AP's first-team All-SEC squad included Monk, UK teammate De'Aaron Fox, South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell, Georgia’s J.J. Frazier and Ole Miss’ Sebastian Saiz. The second team is comprised of UK's Bam Adebayo, Florida’s KeVaughn Allen, Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley, Georgia’s Yante Maten and Texas A&M’s Robert Williams.

Monk is also a finalist for the Jerry West Award and the Wooden Award after posting an SEC-leading 21.2 points per game for the No. 8 Wildcats (26-5), who open postseason play on Friday in the SEC Tournament against the winner of Georgia and Tennessee. 

His impressive season included a 47-point outing against North Carolina and three other 30-plus performances. He has scored 20 or more points in a half on six occasions. 

Monk is on pace to threaten Jodie Meeks' school record for 3-pointers and challenge the national freshman record of 122 held by current NBA star Steph Curry.


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