Four Cats Earn SEC Honors
The Cats are heating up at the right time. They just beat Arkansas on the road, are ranked for the second week in a row, and are heading into Nashville with a double-bye for the SEC Tournament. The turnaround by these players after a very poor start was an amazing feat and that did not go unrecognized as four Kentucky players earn honors in the SEC's annual awards.
Oscar Tshiebwe - SEC First Team
There was a point in the season where Oscar Tshiebwe was nearly unplayable with how often he was getting beat in the pick and roll and not being able to score over taller defenders in the post. However, after a couple of adjustments, Oscar is back to his dominant self and is performing as one of the best players in the country. Oscar is averaging 16.4 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game on the season, and 16.6 & 13.3 in conference play. He is joined by Liam Robbins, Brandon Miller, Colin Castleton, Tolu Smith, Kobe Brown, Santiago Vescovi, and Wade Turner IV on the SEC First Team squad.
Antonio Reeves - Co-6th Man Of The Year
Reeves picks up some hardware just two days after dropping 37 points against Arkansas, a Kentucky record for most points in a road game under John Calipari. While some players might be complaining about minutes or not starting, Reeves stayed the course and embraced that role off of the bench. The senior transfer is averaging 14.2 points per game on 41% three-point shooting in the regular season, and 15.7 points per game and 41% three-point shooting in conference play. He is just the 8th player at Kentucky under Calipari to average 15+ points and 40%+ from three in SEC play. Reeves shared the award with Alabama's Jahvon Quinerly.
Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston - SEC All Freshman Team
For the first time since Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson did it in 2019, multiple Kentucky players have made the SEC All Freshman Team. Cason Wallace and Chris Livingston were two of the most highly touted freshmen in the SEC and have not disappointed this year. Both have faced tons of adversity, in which Cason has struggled with injuries throughout the season and was forced into the PG1 role halfway through the season while Chris struggled to find consistent playing time and also bounced between playing multiple positions. However, both players have been instrumental in Kentucky's resurgence. Cason is averaging 11.7 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game on 45-36-76 shooting splits with his counterpart Chris, who is averaging 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The duo is joined by Jaden Bradley, Brandon Miller, Noah Clowney, Anthony Black, Ryan Kugel, GG Jackson, and Julian Phillips on the All Freshman Team.