As the Kentucky Wildcats wrapped up another successful regular season with a 26-5 record including 15-3 in the SEC, multiple Wildcats and Kentucky head coach John Calipari racked up some postseason awards, which included SEC Player of the Year going to Immanuel Quickley and Calipari being named SEC Coach of the Year.
Below is a list of the awards received by the Wildcats following the end of the regular season (courtesy of UK Athletics).
- Immanuel Quickley – SEC Player of the Year (coaches), All-SEC First Team (coaches and AP), USBWA District IV Player of the Year, USBWA All-District IV Team
- Nick Richards – All-SEC First Team (coaches and AP), SEC All-Defensive Team (coaches), USBWA All-District IV Team
- Tyrese Maxey – All-SEC Second Team (coaches), SEC All-Freshman Team (coaches)
- Ashton Hagans – SEC All-Defensive Team (coaches)
- John Calipari – SEC Coach of the Year (coaches), USBWA District IV Coach of the Year
Calipari winning SEC Coach of the Year was surprising, to me. Buzz Williams at Texas A&M seemed like a strong candidate as the Aggies outperformed expectations, but in the end, the award went to Calipari for overcoming a slow start to the season to win the SEC and have his team prepared to be in the mix as the NCAA Tournament approaches.
Immanuel Quickley joins John Wall, Anthony Davis, Tyler Ulis, and Malik Monk as Kentucky players under John Calipari to win either the AP or Coaches SEC Player of the Year. He is also the 17th Wildcat to win the award.
It’s also good to see Nick Richards getting the recognition that he deserves for the season he is having by being named First Team All-SEC. There is no doubt that Richards has been among the best big men in the SEC this year, so it is good to see him be recognized also.
Overall, a very solid list of honors that these players should be proud of. Those four players were the key cogs to this team’s success and are rightfully being recognized for it.
Now hopefully we can add someone being named Final Four Most Outstanding Player...
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