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.