And the award goes to …

When Southeastern Conference coaches voted on player awards, UK was expected to garner its fair share.

Head coach John Calipari said UK was only allowed to nominate one player each for SEC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. He said he had an athletics department staffer “flip a coin” to determine who got nominated for which award.

In the end, Knight got nominated for Player of the Year, and Jones was nominated for Freshman of the Year. Calipari said he hoped the Associated Press would vote Knight Freshman of the Year, because they both deserve it.

Josh Harrellson agreed. “I wouldn’t mind a co-Freshman of the Year. I think they both deserve it more than anybody. I feel bad for Brandon. He’s led the team through battles.”

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