Randle named AP All-American

Kentucky's Julius Randle added another award on Monday when he was honored as a third-team All-America selection by The Associated Press.

Kentucky's Julius Randle added another award on Monday when he was honored as a third-team All-America selection by The Associated Press.

He was one of three freshmen to earn the distinction, along with Jabari Parker of Duke and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas. They earned first- and second-team spots, respectively.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward, led Kentucky in scoring (15.1) and rebounding (10.7) this season and helped take the Wildcats to the Final Four in his hometown. He led the nation with 24 double-doubles this season, which is second all-time for a freshman behind only Kansas State's Michael Beasley (28) during the 2007-08 season. It's also one shy of Dan Issel's school record of 25 set during the 1969-70 season.

During UK's run through the Midwest Region, Randle became only the second player in school history to record a double-double in four consecutive tourney games. He posted 19 points and 15 rebounds in the Cats' tourney opener against Kansas State, 13 points and 10 rebounds in the upset of No. 1 seed Wichita State, 15 points and 12 rebounds against rival Louisville and 16 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday's win over Michigan to earn regional Most Outstanding Player honors.

Another UK All-American, Johnny Cox, accomplished the feat during the 1958 championship run.

Five freshmen during the John Calipari era at Kentucky have earned All-America honors. Randle joins John Wall (2010), DeMarcus Cousins (2010), Anthony Davis (2012) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012) on that list.

Randle was also a third-team All-America selection and a first-team freshman All-American by the NABC. He was SEC Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year by the league coaches and AP.

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