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Seth Davis Gives Tyler Ulis SEC Player of the Year

Mark Zerof | USA Today

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© Mark Zerof

The love affair for Tyler Ulis continues today. This time it’s SI.com’s Seth Davis, who picked major-conference award winners in his Hoops Thoughts and gave the SEC Player of the Year to Tyler Ulis. Davis says:

This was the season of the little man in college hoops, and none stood taller than Ulis. We knew he was an able floor general (he leads the SEC in assists and ranks ninth nationally at 7.0 per game), but he has also demonstrated that he is a wily defender (1.5 steals, sixth-best in the conference) and a surprisingly gifted scorer (16.6 ppg, seventh in the SEC). But Ulis’s ability to carry the Wildcats through adversity this season and still enter the final week atop the league standings is what earns him my nod. Ulis is not just about numbers. He’s about number of wins.

It’s not going to be a surprise when Ulis wins the actual award the way everyone has talked about him over the last 6 weeks. It’s obviously shocking that Ben Simmons – everyone’s preseason favorite to win it – will likely finish second in voting. Davis gives Coach of the Year to Billy Kennedy, Rookie of the Year to Ben Simmons and Most Improved to Retin Obasohan from Alabama.

Despite Jamal Murray having a great year, it’s hard to see voters giving him the award over Simmons for Rookie of the Year. It will likely be only the second time under Calipari a Kentucky player didn’t win SEC Rookie of the Year.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

5 Comments for Seth Davis Gives Tyler Ulis SEC Player of the Year



  1. UKALLDAY1
    7:25 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

    I just think, that Jamal has bad a better year than Tyler. Tyler has been good, but Jamal has showed up in just about every game win lose or draw. He’s kept us in a lot of games. Look at his box scores, like 20 straight games in double figures. 14 20 plus point games, at least 1 3 pointer in every game. And the highest ppg in the Calipari era. He has been spectacular! I’d vote for him.



    • UKALLDAY1
      7:26 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

      Jamal has had***



  2. jim111
    8:01 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t see the big deal about player of the year in a weak a** conference like the SEC.Kinda like being the tallest midget in the room.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:35 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

      You’re referring to the player on a team that consistently beats your ass, right?

      You aren’t very sharp, are ya Jim?



  3. WildcatCam
    11:00 pm February 29, 2016 Permalink

    How would it be hard to give it to Murray over Simmons?! Not seeing that…