ST. LOUIS – Kentucky freshman Julius Randle continues to add to his list of postseason accolades after the United States Basketball Writers Association tabbed him to the All-District IV team on Tuesday. Randle is the only freshman selected to his region’s squad that encompasses the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Randle was one of eight Southeastern Conference players selected to the region’s squad. Louisville senior Russ Smith was named region player of the year.
Kentucky’s freshman forward ended the regular season leading the team in points (477) and rebounds (324). He also shot 52.0 percent from the floor and held a 72.2 rate from the free-throw line. No freshman in the SEC scored more points than Randle, who ranks sixth in the UK freshman record books for points in a season.
Randle led the SEC with 18 double-doubles and averaged 10.5 rebounds per game. He hauled in five more boards than Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes for the season to lead the league in that category as well. The Dallas native ranked fourth in the league in field-goal percentage and also led the conference in defensive rebounds per game at 6.9 per outing. His 324 rebounds is the fourth most of any freshman in UK history, and it also is the 22nd most by any player in program history in a single year.