LEXINGTON, Ky. – On the same day Malik Monk was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Year by the league’s 14 coaches, the Associated Press tabbed him the SEC’s Player and Newcomer of the Year on Tuesday.
Monk was a unanimous selection by members of the media for the All-SEC First Team. He was joined on the first team by De’Aaron Fox. Bam Adebayo was a second-team honoree, mirroring the coaches’ selections.
The five-team All-SEC AP squad included Fox, Monk, South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell, Georgia’s J.J. Frazier and Ole Miss’ Sebastian Saiz. The second team is comprised of Adebayo, Florida’s KeVaughn Allen, Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley, Georgia’s Yante Maten and Texas A&M’s Robert Williams.
Kentucky is the only team with three selections, while Georgia had two.
Monk is the 13th different player in Kentucky history to win AP Player of the Year. He joins Tyler Ulis (2016), Anthony Davis (2012), John Wall (2010), Tayshaun Prince (2001), Ron Mercer (1997), Tony Delk (1996), Jamal Mashburn (1993), Kenny Walker (1986, 1985), Kyle Macy (1980), Kevin Grevey (1975, 1973) and Pat Riley (1966) to achieve the honor.
He is the seventh Kentucky player to earn AP Newcomer of the Year. Karl-Anthony Towns (2015), Julius Randle (2014), Nerlens Noel (2013), Davis (2012), Terrence Jones (2011) and Wall (2010) are the others and all have come in the John Calipari era.
With the freshman trio capturing league honors, Calipari has now coached 18 players who have earned All-SEC accolades from the AP.