By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
Kentucky forward Oscar Tshiebwe is the unanimous pick as The Associated Press player of the year in the Southeastern Conference. No. 4 Auburn’s Bruce Pearl is coach of the year and his freshman forward Jabari Smith is newcomer of the year. The AP All-SEC team was released Tuesday. Like Tshiebwe, guards JD Notae of Arkansas and Scotty Pippen Jr. of Vanderbilt were unanimous picks as first-team All-SEC. They were joined on the team by Smith and Auburn center Walker Kessler. Tshiebwe received votes at both center and forward and as top newcomer.