As usual, the Kentucky Wildcats have scored several SEC honors.
On Tuesday, it was announced that freshmen Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander were honored by the SEC league coaches. Knox was named, alongside Alabama’s Collin Sexton, as the SEC Freshman of the Year. Knox was also a First-Team All-sEC selection, while Gilgeous-Alexander scored Second-Team honors.
Knox leads Kentucky in scoring at 15.7 points per contest. He’s reached double-figure scoring in 25 games this season and has a team-high nine games of 20-plus points.
Knox is the ninth Wildcat to win SEC Freshman of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches in Kentucky’s storied history. He is the eighth player in the last nine seasons under John Calipari to win the honor. Calipari has now coached 23 players who have earned All-SEC honors.
Knox was joined on the first team by Jaylen Barford (Arkansas), Chris Chiozza (Florida), Yante Maten (Georgia), Kassius Robertson (Missouri), Chris Silva (South Carolina), Grant Williams (Tennessee) and Tyler Davis (Texas A&M).
Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 13.2 points per game. He also leads the team in steals (49), assists (151), free-throw percentage (.808) and minutes per game (32.9).
Gilgeous-Alexander was a second-team member alongside Sexton, Daryl Macon (Arkansas), Bryce Brown (Auburn), Jared Harper (Auburn), Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State), Admiral Schofield (Tennessee) and Jeff Roberson (Vanderbilt).
Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander were also among eight players on the All-SEC Freshman Team, which includes Sexton, Daniel Gafford (Arkansas), Tremont Waters (LSU), Nick Weatherspoon (Mississippi State), Jontay Porter (Missouri) and TJ Stars (Texas A&M).