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Malik Monk wins SEC Freshman of the Year


Congratulations to Malik Monk, who just won SEC Freshman of the Year. Monk led the SEC in scoring during the regular season, and is the eighth Wildcat to win SEC Freshman of the Year as voted on by the league’s coaches in Kentucky’s storied history, the seventh in the last eight seasons.

Monk and De’Aaron Fox were named First Team All-SEC, Bam Adebayo Second Team All-SEC, and all three made the All-Freshman Team. As I predicted this morning, Florida’s Mike White was named SEC Coach of the Year and South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell SEC Player of the Year.

Check out a complete list of the awards below:


Coach of the Year: Mike White, Florida

Player of the Year: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Freshman of the Year: Malik Monk, Kentucky

Sixth-Man of the Year: Canyon Barry, Florida

Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Williams, Texas A&M

First Team All-SEC

  • KeVaughn Allen, Florida
  • J.J. Frazier, Georgia
  • Yante Maten, Georgia
  • De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
  • Malik Monk, Kentucky
  • Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss
  • Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
  • Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

  • Moses Kingsley, Arkansas
  • Kasey Hill, Florida
  • Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
  • Antonio Blakeney, LSU
  • Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss State
  • Robert Hubbs III, Tennessee
  • Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team

  • Braxton Key, Alabama
  • Mustapha Heron, Auburn
  • Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
  • De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
  • Malik Monk, Kentucky
  • Lamar Peters, Mississippi St.
  • Grant Williams, Tennessee
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M

All-Defensive Team

  • Moses Kingsley, Arkansas
  • Kasey Hill, Florida
  • Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for Malik Monk wins SEC Freshman of the Year

  1. 8xchamp
    12:12 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    He also wins least effort to rebound and play defense with an athletic gift.

  2. DelrayCat
    12:19 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    I find it disgraceful that Mike White won coach of the year over Cal. UF returned nearly their entire team from a 20 win team a year ago. Yet Cal turned over his roster to be led by 3 freshmen and coached them to an SEC championship with only 5 losses (2 games ahead of Florida).
    I think the media and the rest of the country just assumes he rolls the ball out and they do it themselves. Plus, recruiting is part of coaching. So I just find it sad he doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

    • Han
      1:33 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

      They don’t even want to give Cal Coach of the Year if/when he runs the table. Other coaches can do great jobs or overcome a lot of adversity (Florida lost a key player, but it was relatively late in the season, too), but like you said, recruiting is part of coaching, so having more talent shouldn’t be counted against Cal every year.

      Look no further than the trouble faced by coaches like K and Izzo this year with great recruiting classes to see how impressive it is that Cal has his teams so consistently good.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:55 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

      Good point. That makes White’s win this year essentially an award for not sucking as much as last year with mostly the same guys.

  3. wildcats be runnin
    12:23 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    Still should be player of the year in the conference. Won the regular season title that don’t mean shit anymore these awards are a joke. South Carolina is hot garbage sorry u got beat by 16 in rupp in a game fox got hurt in no way thronwell best player in the league be lucky if he is even a second round pick don’t your team at least have to finish first or second not fing fourth

    • satcheluk
      1:39 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

      Punctuation is your friend.

  4. scwhite9
    12:24 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    First of all, Malik absolutely deserved Freshman of the Year. If you say he is not playing defense and rebounding, then you haven’t watched him for all of the games. He is doing much better.

    I am proud for him.

  5. dballrb
    12:38 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    Monk may not rebound alot,but when he does,they are impressive.

  6. WTFpotatoes
    1:04 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    The player of the year was suspended for 6 games and has no future as a pro? Versus one of the more electrifying players the conference has seen in a while? SEC is pathetic.

  7. catsarerunnin
    1:24 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    Congrats to Malik. Well deserved. Go Cats!!!

  8. secrick
    2:08 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    Good job cats, now go and win 9 in a row and lets have some fun.

  9. southalcat
    2:39 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    I know he’s accumulated some haters this season (undeservedly, imo), but it’s shameful they left Briscoe off the all-defensive team. No matter how badly he’s shooting, he’s a bulldog on defense. Same could be said about Hawkins.

  10. RealCatsFan
    3:34 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

    What are the odds that Vandy has Scholar-Athlete of the Year locked up every year it is given? 🙂 Anyway, congrats to Kornet on winning that award. A double-major in Engineering and Computer Science, while playing ball at a Div I level is impressive. Dude will get a look from some NBA scouts too.

    I’m not one to beat the drum for players from other programs, but his story is pretty interesting:

    • RealCatsFan
      3:36 pm March 7, 2017 Permalink

      I also didn’t know he was born in Lexington.