Kentucky Wildcats senior guard Rhyne Howard has been named the SEC Preseason Player of the Year by league media. She was also named First-Team All-SEC.
In addition, Kentucky was picked to finish fourth in the SEC this season by league media, while the first AP Top 25 Poll has the Wildcats checking in at No. 13.
Howard, the only player in the nation last season to average over 20 points per game with at least 7.3 rebounds per game, 90 assists and 60 steals, averaged 20.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She hit a team-best 56 triples with 91 assists, 61 steals and 19 blocks.