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Gators Cap Undefeated SEC Season By Cleaning Up In Conference Awards

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Florida received a slew of honors when the SEC announced its annual awards on Tuesday, including Billy Donovan being named Coach of the Year and Scottie Wilbekin Player of the Year.

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Sweet, we cleaned up...

SEC Coach of the Year
Billy Donovan, Florida

SEC Player of the Year
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

SEC Sixth Man of the Year
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 212, R-So., Portsmouth, Va.

SEC Defensive Player of the Year
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.

SEC Freshman of the Year
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Casey Prather, Florida – F, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.
Jabari Brown, Missouri – G, 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Chris Denson, Auburn – G, 6-2, 181, Sr., Columbus, Ga.
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-5, 210, So., Alpharetta, Ga.
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss – G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss.
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri – G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Rod Odom, Vanderbilt – F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.

SEC All-Freshman Team
Shannon Hale, Alabama – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Johnson City, Tenn.
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-9, 241, Fr. Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina – G, 6-5, 205, Fr., Lancaster, S.C.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt – C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.

All-Defensive Team
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.

This marks the first time since the current SEC awards format was introduced in 2004 that one team has had three different players honored with league-wide individual awards, and it is just the second time that one school has claimed five of the six major individual awards.

Wilbekin becomes the second Gator to win SEC Player of the Year honors, joining Chandler Parsons (2011). Wilbekin has averaged 12.9 points and 3.9 assists per game while playing a team-high 33.7 minutes.

Young is the first player to three-peat as SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and brings that award to Gainesville for the sixth time in its 11-year history (Lee Humphrey, 2006 and ’07; Ray Shipman, 2010). It adds to his impressive list of classroom accomplishments that includes Academic All-American recognition this season. He also becomes the second Gator to win SEC Defensive Player of the Year accolades, joining Corey Brewer (co-winner in 2006).

“Any individual honor, to me, is just a reflection on your team,” Donovan said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “Whatever awards are given out or whatever honors are given out to any of our guys, I think they would be the first one to say, ‘Without my teammates, this would not have been possible.’ So if you have a goal, ‘I want to be Player of the Year,’ well, you can't accomplish that by yourself. You have to have other guys to make that happen. I think any individual honor, to me, is always a reflection of the group. Everybody shares in that together.”

“For the guys that don’t leave early or are not afforded the opportunity to leave early, they get better if they are willing to stay the course on the process they have to go through,” Donovan said on Monday. “I just want to create an environment here that whenever they are ready to go, they are going to have our blessing. But if they do stay here, rest assured they will get to be as good as they can possibly be once they leave here.”
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