Kentucky's Immanuel Quickley, John Calipari Headline 2020 SEC Award Winners

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2020

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 23: Immanuel Quickley #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats listens to Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena on February 23, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari was named SEC Coach of the Year for the fourth time Tuesday.

The conference announced the full list of 2020 men's basketball award winners with the Wildcats' Immanuel Quickley as Player of the Year, Georgia's Anthony Edwards as Freshman of the Year, Tennessee's Yves Pons as Defensive Player of the Year and Mississippi State's Tyson Carter as Sixth Man of the Year.

Calipari, who last won the award in 2015, guided the Wildcats to a 25-6 record during the 2019-20 regular season. That includes a 15-3 mark in conference play that was three games better than second-place Auburn and LSU, earning UK the top seed in the SEC tournament.

Quickley led the charge for Kentucky at 16.1 points per game. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 42.8 percent on threes and 92.3 percent on free throws, which ranked third nationally.

"He's one of those kids that just is obsessed with being in the gym and working and not backing off and spending more time and expecting more," Calipari told Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. "That's who he is, and it's come through. He has played so well and has helped us win games. Without him, we're not here."

Quickley was also one of nine players to earn first-team All-SEC honors. He was joined by:

  • Kira Lewis Jr. (Alabama)
  • Mason Jones (Arkansas)
  • Samir Doughty (Auburn)
  • Keyontae Johnson (Florida)
  • Nick Richards (Kentucky)
  • Skylar Mays (LSU)
  • Breein Tyree (Ole Miss)
  • Reggie Perry (Mississippi State)

Edwards earned selection to the All-Freshman squad alongside:

  • Jaden Shackelford (Alabama)
  • Isaac Okoro (Auburn)
  • Scottie Lewis (Florida)
  • Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky)
  • Trendon Watford (LSU)
  • Jermaine Couisnard (South Carolina)
  • Scotty Pippen Jr. (Vanderbilt)

Pons, Okoro and Richards also made the All-Defensive Team along with Alabama's Herbert Jones and Kentucky's Ashton Hagans.

The conference campaign will conclude with the 2020 SEC tournament, which kicks off Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

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