Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis is the SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Tyler Ulis has just been named SEC Player of the Year!!! pic.twitter.com/TFEgd6eZeZ
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 8, 2016
Ulis, 20, led the SEC in assists with 7.4 per game to go with an average of 16.6 points. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2015, but headlines the conference’s All-SEC First Team in 2016, which also features Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray.
It is the 15th time that a Kentucky player has been named the SEC Player of the Year in men’s basketball, more than any other school in the conference, and Ulis is the first Wildcats player to earn the honor since Anthony Davis won the award in 2012.
The 5-foot-9 point guard is the shortest player to ever earn the award, which had never before been won by a player under six feet tall, according to Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal.
Ulis is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy recognizing the top men’s college basketball player in the nation. LSU’s Ben Simmons is the SEC’s only other semifinalist for the award.