UK Dominates All-SEC Honors, Calipari SEC Coach of the Year

03/10/2015 12:15 PM

The first perfect regular season in program history apparently wasn’t accomplishment enough for the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats as the team added 13 All-SEC honors to its awards season haul on Tuesday.

John Calipari received the SEC Coach of the Year award, Willie Cauley Stein won Defensive Player of the Year, Devin Booker is the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year, and Karl Anthony Towns continued UK’s recent dominance of the SEC Freshman of the Year award.

The league’s coaches voted on the award winners and also named nine UK players to All-SEC Teams:

First Team All-SEC: Cauley-Stein and Towns
Second Team All-SEC: Booker and Aaron Harrison
SEC All-Freshman Team: Booker, Towns, Trey Lyles, and Tyler Ulis
SEC All-Defensive Team: Cauley-Stein

In related news, Sporting News named Calipari its Coach of the Year, Cauley-Stein a First Team All-American, and Towns a Third Team All-American. NBCsports.com also gave Calipari its Coach of the Year nod while making Cauley-Stein its Defensive Player of the Year.

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Calipari earned the SEC’s Coach of the Year by leading the Wildcats to a perfect 31-0 regular season record along with an unblemished 18-0 mark in SEC play. It’s the third time he’s received the award in the SEC and, including his time at UMass and Memphis, the eighth time in his career he’s been named his conference’s best coach.

Towns is the sixth consecutive Wildcat to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors, joining John Wall (2010), Terrence Jones (2011), Anthony Davis (2012), Nerlens Noel (2013), and Julius Randle (2014) as previous honorees. The freshman big man leads the country’s second-best shot blocking team with 74 rejections for the season and also tops the Wildcat roster with six double-doubles.

Cauley-Stein joins Davis (2012) and Noel (2013) as the third player to win SEC Defensive Player of the Year while playing under Calipari. The junior center leads the Wildcats with 44 steals on the season and ranks second in blocks with 49.

Booker becomes the third Calipari-coached player to earn the SEC Sixth Man of the Year award with Darius Miller (2012) and Kyle Wiltjer (2013) being the other recipients. The freshman sharpshooter came off the bench in all 30 games he played this season and still managed to be second on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game. He also made a team-best 51 three-point field goals during the regular season while shooting 43.6 percent behind the arc.

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Kentucky resumes its quest for perfection in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on Friday when it takes on the winner of the Alabama/Florida game in Nashville, Tennessee. UK will tip off at 1:00 p.m. ET in Bridgestone Arena, and the game will air live on the SEC Network.

The complete list of All-SEC honors is listed below:

First Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Stefan Moody, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 179, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Danuel House, Texas A&M – G, 6-7, 207, Jr., Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC
Levi Randolph, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Madison, Ala.
Michael Qualls, Arkansas – G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Shreveport, La.
KT Harrell, Auburn – G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 194, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M – G/F, 6-7, 223, Jr., Dallas, Texas

SEC All-Freshman Team
Anton Beard, Arkansas – G, 6-0, 190, Fr., North Little Rock, Ark.
Devin Robinson, Florida – F, 6-8, 178, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.
Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Trey Lyles, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – G, 5-9, 155, Fr., Lima, Ohio
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Belle Mead, N.J.
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt – G, 6-2, 194, Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky
SEC Player of the Year:  Bobby Portis, Arkansas
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Levi Randolph, Alabama
SEC Freshman of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Devin Booker, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

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