Cullan Brown Wins UK’s Rookie of the Year ‘CATSPY’ (w/VIDEO)

Cullan Brown was awarded the University of Kentucky Rookie of the Year ‘CATSPY’ Award Wednesday afternoon by the school.

The 18th annual CATSPY Awards is presented by Kentucky Farm Bureau and inspired by the popular ESPY Awards held each year by ESPN. The CATSPY Awards feature individual and team honors, chosen from UK’s 22 varsity sports.  Brown was notified of his win by SEC Network host Laura Rutledge, who hosted the virtual event.

Brown was in a field that included Aaron Withrow (cross country, track and field), Brandin Echols (football), Austin Schultz (baseball), and Tyrese Maxey (men’s basketball).

Brown, the former Lyon County High School golf star, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his left thigh in August of last year.  Treatment requires chemotherapy and surgery and forced him to leave school to begin treatments.

Brown was set to start his sophomore season at the University of Kentucky after a stellar freshman campaign with the Wildcat golf program that saw him named to the All-SEC Freshman Team.