The postseason is here, and with it comes more rewards and honors for the Kentucky Wildcats.
On Tuesday, the SEC awards were announced. The Wildcats didn’t quite rack up the awards like we’ve become accustomed to under John Calipari, as the league has made tremendous strides over the past three years.
Still, the Cats did get some recognition, mainly PJ Washington, who was named a First-Team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press. Tyler Herro was named the SEC Newcomer of the Year.
After nearly leaving for the NBA Draft last year, the sophomore forward has led the Wildcats in scoring (14.9 ) and rebounding (7.5) while shooting 52.1% from the floor and 42.3% from three-point range. Over the past 15 games, he has averaged 18.2 ppg while topping the 20-point mark eight times. Kentucky also went 13-2 during that stretch and are firmly in the mix for a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
As for Herro, the freshman guard finished the regular season with a 14.2 scoring average, the second best on the team. He did it on 46.5% shooting from the field and a team-high 53 three-pointers.
Herro led the team with 25 double-figure scoring games, and UK was 17-0 this season when he scored 15 or more points. He also averaged a team-high 15.5 points per game on 50.5% shooting in UK’s 10 road games this season.
On Monday, Washington earned a selection on the Sporting News Third-Team All-American.
Fans can also vote for Washington to win the 2019 Wooden Award.
Daniel Gafford, Arkansas, F, 6-11, Soph., El Dorado, Arkansas
PJ Washington, Kentucky, F, 6-8, Soph., Dallas
Tremont Waters, LSU, G, 5-11, Soph., New Haven, Connecticut
Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State, G, 6-4, Sr., Canton, Mississippi
Grant Williams, Tennessee, F, 6-7, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina
Jordan Bone, Tennessee, G, 6-3, Jr., Nashville, Tennessee
Jared Harper, Auburn, G, 5-11, Jr., Mableton, Georgia
Admiral Schofield, Tennessee, G, 6-6, Sr., Zion, Illinois
Breein Tyree, Mississippi, G, 6-2, Jr., Somerset, New Jersey
Chris Silva, South Carolina, F, 6-9, Sr., Libreville, Gabon
Player of the year: Grant Williams, Tennessee
Coach of the year: Kermit Davis, Ole Miss
Newcomer of the year: Tyler Herro, Kentucky, G, 6-5, Fr., Milwaukee
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