2013 SEC tournament: A'Dia Mathies became the leader Kentucky needed

Greg Alan Edwards of SB Nation's A Sea of Blue looked back on star guard A'Dia Mathies' season and career the other day after she was named SEC Co-Player of the Year along with Meighan Simmons of Tennessee.

While Mathies has had something of an up and down year, Edwards explains why what might have been considered "disappearing" might not have been all that bad.

A'Dia knew that she could score when she wanted to, she could pad her stats and make herself look great to the writers and awards groups out there, and she would be raising her draft stock the entire time. And her team would have failed...All the while A'Dia kept picking and choosing her places to shine while also involving all of her teammates in the games. Matthew Mitchell's Forty Minutes game is not easy to play. It looks like chaos, but it takes patience. You have to know who to attack and when. You have to know when to run and when to choke teams off before they even reach the half-court line. That's where Mathies made her name this season.

Mathies and the Kentucky Wildcats face the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC tournament today at 6 p.m. EDT.

For more on the SEC tournament, visit our tournament storystream. For more on other 2013 WNBA draft prospects, visit our draft prospects storystream.

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