Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year is an umbrella name for two awards given to the most outstanding basketball player in his first year at a Southeastern Conference school. One award, voted on and presented by SEC coaches, is currently called Freshman of the Year, and is open only to freshmen (i.e., those who are in their first season of college play, which is usually but not always their first year of college). The other award, presented by the Associated Press, is called Newcomer of the Year, and is open to any player in his first season at an SEC school, including those who transferred to SEC schools. (The coaches' award was not always restricted to freshmen, but now is.)

SEC Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year
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Awarded forthe most outstanding first-year male basketball player in the Southeastern Conference
CountryUnited States
First awarded1998
Currently held byAnthony Edwards (basketball), Georgia


Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a Player of the Year award:
the SEC Player of the Year
Italics Player was not a freshman that season
A Associated Press selection
C SEC coaches selection


Anthony Davis won the award in 2012 as well as Naismith National Player of the Year
Mo Williams won the award for the Crimson Tide in 2002
DeMarcus Cousins won the award 2010 while freshman teammate John Wall won Player of the Year
Season Player[a] School Position
1997–98 Jumaine Jones Georgia Power forward
1997–98 Tony Harris Tennessee Point guard
1998–99 Chris Porter Auburn Small forward
1999–2000 Joe Johnson Arkansas Small forward
2000–01 Justin Reed Ole Miss Power forward
2001–02 Jarvis HayesC Georgia Power forward
2001–02 Maurice "Mo" WilliamsA Alabama Point guard
2002–03 Anthony Roberson Florida Point guard
2003–04 Brandon BassC LSU Power forward
2003–04 Lawrence RobertsA Mississippi State Power forward
2004–05 Glen Davis LSU Center
2005–06 Tyrus Thomas LSU Power forward
2006–07 Patrick Beverley Arkansas Point guard
2007–08 Nick CalathesA Florida Point guard
2007–08 Patrick PattersonC Kentucky Power forward
2008–09 Terrico White Ole Miss Point guard
2009–10 DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky Center
2010–11 Terrence Jones Kentucky Power forward
2011–12* Anthony Davis Kentucky Center
2012–13 Nerlens NoelC Kentucky Center
2012–13 Marshall HendersonA Ole Miss Shooting guard
2013–14 Julius Randle Kentucky Power forward
2014–15 Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky Center
2015–16 Ben Simmons LSU Forward
2016–17 Malik Monk Kentucky Shooting guard
2017–18 Kevin KnoxC Kentucky Guard
2017–18 Collin SextonA, C Alabama Guard
2018–19 Keldon JohnsonC Kentucky Forward
2018–19 Tyler HerroA Kentucky Guard
2019–20 Anthony EdwardsA Georgia Guard

Winners by schoolEdit

School Winners Years
Kentucky 11 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
LSU 4 2004, 2005, 2006, 2016
Georgia 3 1998, 2002, 2020
Ole Miss 3 2001, 2009, 2013
Alabama 2 2002, 2018
Arkansas 2 2000, 2007
Florida 2 2003, 2008
Tennessee 1 1998
Auburn 1 1999
Mississippi State 1 2004
Missouri 0
South Carolina 0
Texas A&M 0
Vanderbilt 0


  • a Award is given to either a freshman or player in first season within the league.

SEC Media guide provides the entire list on page 128