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Rhyne Howard Named to Preseason All-SEC First Team



The reigning National Freshman of the Year is already making headlines before she begins her second season of college hoops.

Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard has been named to the preseason All-SEC First Team by members of the media.

Voting was conducted ahead of Thursday’s SEC women’s basketball media day and Howard was a no-brainer for the First Team.

While she only received two votes for SEC Player of the Year, Howard will undoubtedly be one of the top players in not only the conference but the entire country.

During her freshman season, the 6-foot-2 guard led the Wildcats in scoring (16.4 per game) and rebounds (6.6 per game) while converting on nearly 39 percent of her three-point attempts. Alongside the now-graduated seniors Taylor Murray and Maci Morris, Howard helped lead Kentucky to a 25-8 (11-5 in SEC) record, finishing fourth in the SEC and making it to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

Heading into the 2019-20 season, Howard is no longer a newcomer and is well-established as one of the premier scorers in women’s basketball. Even though Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter is predicted to win SEC Player of the Year (for good reason, as Carter is one of the most dynamic and fearless guards in the entire country and will likely compete for National Player of the Year awards, too), Howard will have a legitimate shot to be the conference’s best player on a Kentucky team expected to finish near the top of the SEC.

Making up the rest of the First Team following Howard and Carter are Chelsea Dungee (Arkansas), Ayana Mitchell (LSU), and Tyasha Harris (South Carolina).

Howard will join head coach Matthew Mitchell and senior guard Jaida Roper as the trio travel to Birmingham, AL for SEC media day on Thursday.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR