Mar 112014
Julius Randle

Julius Randle

UK forward Julius Randle was named SEC freshman of the year on Tuesday, becoming the fifth consecutive Wildcat to be awarded that honor by the league’s coaches.

A Kentucky player has won the award every year during John Calipari’s tenure in Lexington, which should come as no surprise given his amazing recruiting success the program’s annual roster changes over that time. Before Calipari arrived at UK for the 2009-10 season, Patrick Patterson was the school’s only SEC freshman of the year, which dates back to 2001. Patterson split the award with Florida’s Nick Calathes in 2008.

Here’s a look at UK’s past five SEC freshman of the year honorees and their final stats:

2013-14 — Julius Randle
15.4 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 52.0% FGs
Team record: 22-9
Projected as top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft
RSCI recruiting ranking: No. 2 overall

2012-13 — Nerlens Noel
10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.4 bpg, 2.1 spg
Team record: 21-12
Selected with No. 6 pick in 2013 NBA Draft
RSCI recruiting ranking: No. 1 overall

2011-12 — Anthony Davis
14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 62.3% FGs
Team record: 38-2
Selected with No. 1 pick in 2012 NBA Draft
RSCI recruiting ranking: No. 1 overall

2010-11 — Terrence Jones
15.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg
Team record: 29-9
Selected with No. 18 pick in 2012 NBA Draft
RSCI recruiting ranking: No. 11 overall

2009-10 — DeMarcus Cousins
15.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 55.8% FGs
Team record: 35-3
Selected with No. 5 pick in 2010 NBA Draft
RSCI recruiting ranking: No. 3 overall


  One Response to “A fifth straight ‘SEC Freshman of the Year’ for Calipari”

  1. Look out MBA!
    Other than freshman of the year, where was the rest of the greatest recruiting class in college history? I know we had another one mentioned and I’m happier than a pig on slop for him and Randle. Are we goin’ to be overstocked at guard next year or what?

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