UK Men's Basketball

Coaches name Kentucky's Harrison twins to All-SEC First Team

Kentucky guards Andrew, left, and Aaron Harrison listened to coach John Calipari during Sunday's exhibition game.
Kentucky guards Andrew, left, and Aaron Harrison listened to coach John Calipari during Sunday's exhibition game. Herald-Leader

Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaches named five University of Kentucky players to their preseason all-league teams announced Thursday.

Sophomores Aaron and Andrew Harrison were named to the First Team. Juniors Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns were Second Team selections.

Eleven schools were represented on the two teams. UK led the league with five selections. Florida and LSU each had two.

The coaches' preseason teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men's basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made for teams.

Aaron Harrison is UK's leading returning scorer after averaging 13.7 points during his freshman campaign. Andrew Harrison started 39 games as a freshman and dished out 159 assists, which ranks third among all-time UK first-year players.

Cauley-Stein has seen action in 66 career games and has averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds during his first two seasons.

Poythress has appeared in a team-high 73 games in his career while making 31 starts. Poythress averages 8.3 points for his career.

Towns was the lone first-year player selected to either preseason team. In UK's two exhibition games, Towns averaged team bests in points (17.5) and field-goal percentage (93.8).

During SEC Media Days last month, the media who cover the league named Aaron Harrison to their First Team and Andrew Harrison, Poythress, Cauley-Stein and Towns to the Second Team. Each of those teams had five players.

The Wildcats open their 2014-15 season with three games in six days beginning Friday. UK tips off with Grand Canyon at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.

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