Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein has been named a first team All-American by the Sporting News and John Calipari was named Coach of the Year by the publication.
Freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns was named to the All-American third team.
Cauley-Stein and Towns are UK’s first Sporting News All-America selections since Anthony Davis (first team) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (second team) in 2012.
Calipari led UK to a 31-0 record in the regular season, the first undefeated regular season by a power-five conference team since 1975-76. He also coached UK’s to its 46th regular-season Southeastern Conference Championship. The Wildcats are one win away from matching the all-time school and SEC record for consecutive wins, 32, set by Kentucky in 1954-55 over two seasons.
Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game in the regular season. In six wins over ranked opponents he averaged team highs in points (11.5) and rebounds (8.2). On a pro-rated basis per 40-minute game, Cauley-Stein averaged 14.0 points, 10.1 rebounds 2.5 blocks and 2.2 steals.
Towns finished the regular season among the nation’s leaders in rebounds per game (6.6) and free-throw percentage (.790). He concluded the regular season averaging 9.7 points per game while shooting 55.8 percent from the field. He paced the nation’s second-leading shot blocking unit with 74 rejections on the year.
Julius Randle was UK’s most-recent All-American, earning third team honors from the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches last year.
The NCAA recognizes the Sporting News, AP, NABC and United States Basketball Writers Association’s All-America teams in considering consensus All-Americans.
Cauley-Stein was also named the USBWA District IV Player of the Year, John Calipari was named District Coach of the Year and four Wildcats were named to the All-District team, which is made up of 10 players.
Courtesy of KyForward