Randle named SEC Freshman of the Year

UK freshman forward Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year by the conference’s coaches, as freshman guard James Young and sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein receive other conference accolades.UKmensbballvsBoiseState

Randle is the fifth consecutive UK freshmen to receive the honor, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel.

Randle, who also made the All-SEC First Team, is only the second Cat to average a double-double since Kenny Walker did it during the 1984-85 season (Davis, 2011-12).

Young nabbed All-SEC second team as well as All-SEC freshman team honors, leading the team with seven 20-point efforts in the regular season.

Young also recorded 67 three-pointers, the fourth most by a first-year player in program history.

Cauley-Stein was named to the All-SEC Defensive team after recording 88 blocks on the season, the third-most in a single season in UK history.

The Olathe, Kan., native is the sixth player in the last five seasons to be named to the All-SEC Defensive team.

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