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Randle Named SEC Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, leading a handful of Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches.

Randle was also one of eight players named First-Team All-SEC, the only Wildcat on that list. He averaged 15.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, hauling down the fourth-most rebounds for a freshman in school history.

A Kentucky freshman has now won the coaches’ Freshman of the Year in each of John Calipari’s five seasons in charge of the Wildcats. Previous honorees were DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel.

Young was named Second-Team All-SEC, and both he and Randle were on the SEC All-Freshman Team. Cauley-Stein was one of five players on the SEC All-Defensive Team.

No. 1 Florida, which finished league play 18-0, swept the two big individual awards. Point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named SEC Player of the Year, and Billy Donovan was named SEC Coach of the Year.

The First-Team All-SEC is as follows:

Trevor Releford, Alabama

Casey Prather, Florida

Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

Julius Randle, Kentucky

Johnny O’Bryant, LSU

Jabari Brown, Missouri

Jordan McRae, Tennessee

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

Story & photo by James Pennington of KY Forward whose coverage of UK Athletics is sponsored by Republic Bank.