Kentucky senior forward Oscar Tshiebwe garnered All-SEC First Team honors from the conference’s media, the Associated Press announced on Tuesday. Tshiebwe, who earned All-SEC First Team honors from the conference’s coaches on Monday, joined Alabama forward Brandon Miller and Texas A&M guard Wade Taylor IV as unanimous media selections.
Tshiebwe becomes the first Wildcat to earn All-SEC First Team honors from the media in consecutive seasons since Tayshaun Prince in 2001 and 2002.
Tshiebwe is leading the country with 13.1 rebounds per contest to go along with a team-best 16.4 points per game. Among Tshiebwe’s SEC-high 18 doubles, the senior has tallied six 20-point, 15-rebound contests this season after seven a season ago. He has 13 of the 55 such contests by SEC players in the last 10 seasons. Tshiebwe is the only player in the country averaging at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
In just 63 games for Kentucky, Tshiebwe ranks eighth in program history with 894 rebounds. He has registered a double-double in 46 of those 63 games, ranking third in program history behind Dan Issel (64) and Cotton Nash (48). Averaging 12.1 rebounds per game for his career, Tshiebwe joins Paul Millsap and Kenneth Faried as the only players since the 1996-97 season to average 12 rebounds per game for their career.
Despite recovering from a minor knee procedure to start the season, Tshiebwe has gone on to lead the Wildcats in scoring 14 times, rebounds 25 times and blocks on 11 occasions.
Kentucky earned a double-bye and will begin the SEC Tournament as the No. 3 seed at approximately 9 p.m. ET Friday. The Wildcats will play the winner between Vanderbilt and the winner of 14-seeded LSU and 11-seeded Georgia in their quarterfinal matchup.