2017 CATSPY Awards set for April 24 in Memorial Coliseum

The CATSPY Awards, which celebrate the 2016-17 athletics year at the University of Kentucky, will be held Monday, April 24 in Memorial Coliseum, UK Athletics announced Monday afternoon. The awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m. ET, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

New to this year’s CATSPY Awards, the 15th annual edition, is that nominees for select awards are being revealed in advance. Three Kentucky men’s basketball players are among the nominees for some of the night’s biggest honors.

Jamal Murray won Male Rookie of the Year at last year's CATSPY Awards. The men’s basketball team has had a player win the award in six of the last seven years under Coach Cal. (photo by UK Athletics)

Jamal Murray won Male Rookie of the Year at last year’s CATSPY Awards. The men’s basketball team has had a player win the award in six of the last seven years under Coach Cal. De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are nominated for the award this year. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)

Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk is one of eight nominees for Male Athlete of the Year. He and fellow guard De’Aaron Fox are two of five nominees for Male Rookie of the Year. The men’s basketball team has had a player win Male Rookie of the Year in six of the seven years Coach Cal has been UK’s head coach, including each of the past three years. Senior guard Dominique Hawkins is one of eight nominees for Supporting Role.

Monk, a consensus second team All-American, won the Jerry West Award on April 7, which is presented to the nation’s top shooting guard. Monk averaged 19.8 points per game last season and hit a Southeastern Conference-leading 104 3-pointers. Monk’s 104 triples are the third most in Kentucky single-season history, and the second most ever by a UK freshman. He also shot a team-high 39.7 percent from distance on the season.

He finished with 754 points on the season, the most ever by a UK freshman and the fourth most by a Wildcat regardless of class. He was named the SEC Player of the Year by the Associated Press, and both SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC First Team by the AP and the league’s head coaches.

Fox averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, a SEC-leading 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He was one of only four freshmen to reach those four numbers this season. Fox’s 165 assists this season are the third most ever by a UK freshman.

Fox was named to the All-SEC First Team by both the AP and the league’s 14 head coaches. He was also named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and was tabbed the SEC Tournament MVP after leading UK to its third consecutive tournament title with 22.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tyler Ulis was named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2016 CATSPY Awards. Monk is nominated for the award this year. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)

Tyler Ulis was named Male Athlete of the Year at the 2016 CATSPY Awards. Monk is nominated for the award this year. (photo by Chet White, UK Athletics)

Hawkins closed out his memorable four-year Kentucky career by averaging 4.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a senior. More than statistics though, Hawkins provided unrelenting energy and enthusiasm for one of the youngest teams in the country and was a constant defensive presence for the Wildcats. Hawkins came off the bench in 34 of 38 games this season, averaging a career-high 19.2 minutes per game.

The Richmond, Kentucky, native was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after scoring a career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and logging a career-high four steals against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament Championship.

Tickets for the CATSPY Awards cost $5 each and may be purchased online or at the UK Athletics Ticket Office (Joe Craft Center). All seating is general admission for the event and all persons must have a ticket to enter, regardless of age.

The general public will enter through the Lexington Avenue entrance of Memorial Coliseum. Public parking will be available in the E lot on the west side (Lexington Avenue) of the Joe Craft Center. Additional parking will be available in parking structure No. 5, located near Kennedy’s Book Store.

A spin-off of the popular ESPY Awards held each year by ESPN, the CATSPY Awards feature individual and team honors, chosen from UK’s 22 varsity sports. The event is dedicated to celebrating the nearly 500 student-athletes that represent Kentucky. Videos of the nominees in each category are shown, and UK student-athletes and head coaches serve as presenters.

Nominees for select awards are listed below:

Female Athlete of the Year
• Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field)
• Ashley Dusek (volleyball)
• Makayla Epps (women’s basketball)
• Isabelle Johansson (women’s golf)
• Mollie Korth (gymnastics)
• Katy Kunc (track and field/cross country)
• Meagan Prince (softball)
• Sha’Keela Saunders (track and field)
• Asia Seidt (swimming and diving)
• Aldila Sutjiadi (women’s tennis)

Male Athlete of the Year
• Nick Anderson (track and field)
• Tim Duckworth (track and field)
• Napo Matsoso (men’s soccer)
• Tyler “Chip” McDaniel (men’s golf)
• Malik Monk (men’s basketball)
• Jacob Thomson (track and field/cross country)
• Jon Toth (football)
• Evan White (baseball)

Female Rookie of the Year
• Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (track and field)
• Abbey Cheek (softball)
• Leah Edmond (volleyball)
• Mollie Korth (gymnastics)
• Katie Reed (softball)
• Asia Seidt (swimming and diving)
• Evangeline Soucie (women’s soccer)

Male Rookie of the Year
• De’Aaron Fox (men’s basketball)
• Sean Hjelle (baseball)
• Malik Monk (men’s basketball)
• Benny Snell (football)
• JJ Williams (men’s soccer)

Supporting Role
• Matthew Beach (swimming and diving)
• Laura Connor (women’s soccer)
• Stuart Ford (men’s soccer)
• Ali Galyer (swimming and diving)
• Dominique Hawkins (men’s basketball)
• Cathryn Papasodora (rifle)
• Hailey Poland (gymnastics)
• Shannon Smith (softball)

Scratch Award (given to a non-scholarship student-athlete whose effort is representative of playing for the “love of the game”)
• Ryan Creel (men’s soccer)
• Danaea Davis (gymnastics)
• Sam Day (swimming and diving)
• Harper Hempel (volleyball)
• Caroline McCaslin (track/cross country)
• Ayanna Parker (women’s soccer)
• Paige Poffenberger (women’s basketball)

The following awards will also be given out:

• Mr. Wildcat
• Miss Wildcat
• Team of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• Blue Heart Award
• Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• Academic Team of the Year
• Heart of a Wildcat
• Community Service
• Bill Keightley Assist