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2014 SEC Men's Basketball Awards

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Birmingham, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men’s basketball coaches’ postseason awards Tuesday to cap off another exciting season of SEC basketball.


Florida’s Billy Donovan earned SEC Coach of the Year honors while Florida senior Scottie Wilbekin was selected the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Florida’s Patric Young earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Kentucky’s Julius Randle took home SEC Freshman of the Year and Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith was tabbed SEC Sixth Man of the Year.


This is the second consecutive SEC Coach of the Year honor for Donovan, who led the Gators to an SEC record 18 wins in league play and a 29-2 overall record. The Gators earned their fifth SEC championship under his direction and the sixth in school history.


Wilbekin averages 12.9 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals while usually guarding the opposition’s top perimeter player. Wilbekin becomes the second Gator in the last four seasons to earn SEC Player of the Year honors, joining Chandler Parsons in 2011.


Young earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the third consecutive year, sporting a 3.38 grade-point average in Telecommunications. This year the senior from Jacksonville, Fla., added SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors to his accolades after averaging 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.


Randle has hauled in 324 rebounds which stand as the fourth most in UK freshman history. The Dallas, Texas, native has also poured in a team-high 477 points on the year and his 18 double-doubles rank third nationally.


Finney-Smith comes off the bench to average 9.4 points and team-high 6.9 rebounds for the top-ranked Gators.


First-team and second-team All-SEC honorees, All-Freshman team, All-Defensive team, along with Player, Coach and Freshman, Defensive Player, 6th Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year were chosen by the league’s 14 coaches. Ties were not broken.


A complete list of the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason awards follows:


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.


SEC 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.


SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida

SEC Player of the Year:  Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida

SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky

SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida

SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida

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I agree with all of this except Patric Young being defensive player of the year. He isn't half the rim protector WCS or Jordan Mickey is. Even a good on ball defender like Wilbekin should get it over him.
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Young isn't a typical shot-blocker, but players have abysmal FG % numbers when they go head-to-head with him down low... he alters everything. If you hear fans bitching and moaning about their guys not being able to make layups and short jump-shots inside 5 feet, he's usually why, even if he doesn't actually get a piece of the ball.


How ironic that Billy never won SEC COY during his 2 NC seasons, but has now won it 3 of the last 4 seasons. He is the first coach to win the award in consecutive seasons since Don DeVoe did so at Tennessee in 1981 and ’82. Donovan joins DeVoe, C.M. Newton (Alabama, co-1975, ’76) and Adolph Rupp (Kentucky, 1968-72) as the only coaches to win the award in back-to-back seasons.
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C Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year:  Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida



Looks like the coaches got it right.
GU is right.
Young isn't a shot blocker, but he is an incredible defender down low.

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While I'm not denying Young's defensive ability, I would give it to Wilbekin. But I won't complain either way because I can see both sides to the argument. But this is Young's 3rd straight year winning Scholar Athlete of the Year
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I still believe WCS and Mickeys ability to come from the weak side and block shots as well as frustrating their man trumps all other SEC defenders.
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No one wanted to give Kentucky any awards if they could help it.

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View PostJoeGator, on 11 March 2014 - 04:56 PM, said:

No one wanted to give Kentucky any awards if they could help it.
I would love to know what some SEC coaches thought of Coach Cal. It'd be interesting
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View PostUK4Life, on 11 March 2014 - 05:43 PM, said:


I would love to know what some SEC coaches thought of Coach Cal. It'd be interesting

Every other league coach is the best ever.
They all say that about one another.

Outside of that, I am curious though.
I think we've only lost one recruit to Cal and the circumstances were suspicious.
Other than the near certainty that he takes an "I don't want to know" approach in potential sketchy happenings, I think he seems like a decent guy.

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I bet they all hate Frank Haith and Kevin Stallings though.

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View PostJoeGator, on 11 March 2014 - 08:04 PM, said:

I bet they all hate Frank Haith and Kevin Stallings though.
Everyone hates Haith.

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View PostMizzou_Fan, on 11 March 2014 - 08:05 PM, said:


Everyone hates Haith.

Damaged goods.
No one wants Miami leftovers.

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Florida is SEC bball this year. Congrats to all deserving of these honors. We will miss Releford A LOT.

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View PostJoeGator, on 11 March 2014 - 08:02 PM, said:

Every other league coach is the best ever.
They all say that about one another.

Outside of that, I am curious though.
I think we've only lost one recruit to Cal and the circumstances were suspicious.
Other than the near certainty that he takes an "I don't want to know" approach in potential sketchy happenings, I think he seems like a decent guy.
Of the 21 recruits he's had just since bein at UK im sure Donovan was recruiting more than just one. Knight and Randle are two right off the top of my head.
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