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Kentucky Takes Home Multiple All-SEC Season Awards

As the regular season is finally over for Kentucky, it's all eyes on the SEC Tournament. The team will leave on Thursday and play Friday night versus the winner of Ole Miss/Texas A&M. But first, the conference spent this Monday handing out SEC season awards across the league and Kentucky took home their fair share.

Headlining the way, Reed Sheppard took home the SEC Freshman of the Year award. As a guy who came to the program with mutually every one assuming he would be here for multiple seasons - which he still may - I don't think anyone expected him to finish with this award. Reed has been phenomenal this season and I'm glad he didn't get passed over in the voting. Such an honor to earn as you're navigating your first year of College Basketball.

Rob Dillingham also had a big day as well, being named the SEC Sixth Man of the Year. It's no confusion that Kentucky's Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard were both in every single conversation for this award and in current day they're being projected both as top-five picks while coming off the bench for the Wildcats. While either of the two could have won this, it would have been shame if there was a world where one of them got both because then it discredits the amazing season that they both are having. I think the conference choosing these two awards in this fashion was spot on and I am so happy for them both. Two extremely talented players who are extremely fun to watch play basketball, leading the way in one of the hardest conference in the sport. They both managed to check out with big time acknowledgements.

Moving the attention towards team-wide recognitions, Kentucky took home four All-SEC awards this afternoon. Antonio Reeves earned the All-SEC First Team status, with Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard rounding out the All-SEC Second Team category. Lastly, the All-SEC Freshman team consisted of Reed Sheppard, Rob Dillingham, and DJ Wagner on the blue side.

All-SEC First Team

Antonio Reeves (Kentucky)

Mark Sears (Alabama)

Johni Broome (Auburn)

Zyon Pullin (Florida)

Tolu Smith III (Mississippi State)

Dalton Knecht (Tennessee)

Zakai Zeiger (Tennessee)

Wade Taylor IV (Texas A&M)

All-SEC Second Team

Rob Dillingham (Kentucky)

Reed Sheppard (Kentucky

Jaylin Williams (Auburn)

Walter Clayton Jr. (Florida)

Matthew Murrell (Ole Miss)

Josh Hubbard (Mississippi State)

Ta’Lon Cooper (South Carolina)

Meechie Johnson (South Carolina)

Jonas Aidoo (Tennessee)

All-Defensive Team

Johni Broome (Auburn)

Cameron Matthews (Mississippi State)

Jonas Aidoo (Tennessee)

Zakai Zeigler (Tennessee)

Andersson Garcia (Texas A&M)

All-Freshman Team

Aden Holloway (Auburn)

Alex Condon (Florida)

Silas Demary Jr. (Georgia)

Rob Dillingham (Kentucky)

Reed Sheppard (Kentucky)

D.J. Wagner (Kentucky)

Josh Hubbard (Mississippi State)

Collin Murray-Boyles (South Carolina)

Coach of the Year

Lamont Paris (South Carolina)

Player of the Year

Dalton Knecht (Tennessee)

Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sean East II (Missouri)

Freshman of the Year

Reed Sheppard (Kentucky)

Sixth Man of the Year

Rob Dillingham (Kentucky)

Defensive Player of the Year

Zakai Zeigler (Tennessee)

In the press release by the school, they surfaced these statistics from the John Calipari era: Cal has now coached 35 players (37 total honors) who have earned All-SEC first- or second-team accolades. At least one player has been named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in each of Calipari’s 15 seasons, including 34 total honors.

Reed Sheppard is the 10th player under Calipari to earn SEC Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches. He is the 11th different UK player to win the honor in the award’s history. Sheppard is the first UK player to win the award since Keldon Johnson in 2019.

Rob Dillingham is the fifth UK player under Calipari to take home SEC Sixth Man of the Year distinction. He joins Darius Miller (2012), Kyle Wiltjer (2013), Devin Booker (2015) and Reeves (2023) as winners.

Things seem to be back the way they should be, with Kentucky dominating the conference and setting themselves up for a great run this weekend in the SEC Tournament.

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