The Southeastern Conference announced the collegiate basketball Coaches Postseason Awards today with top honors going to Louisiana State University. Trent Johnson was named the SEC Coach of the Year and Marcus Thornton, LSU senior guard, was named the SEC Player of the Year.
Trent Johnson has certainly made a statement here on campus in his first year of coaching at LSU. The men’s basketball program snagged the SEC championship, the first championship since won since 2006 with a 13-3 conference record. Not only did he turn the program around, he earned the respect of his team on and off of the court.
The other top award for the SEC Player of the Year also went to LSU’s Marcus Thornton. Thornton finished the regular season as the conferences’ second highest scorer, with an average of 20.9 points per game. Thornton is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. He was also selected with five unanimous votes for the All-SEC First Team.
Other awards went to Terrico White from Ole Miss for SEC Freshman of the Year, Justin Knox from Alabama for SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.12 grade point average, Jarvis Varnado from Mississippi State for SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Brandis Raley-Ross from South Carolina for the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year. Varnado also won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award last year.
The team selections are as follows:
First Team, All-SEC:
Nick Calathes, Florida; Jodie Meeks, Kentucky; Patrick Patterson, Kentucky; Tasmin Mitchell, LSU; Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State; Devan Downey, South Carolina; Tyler Smith, Tennessee and Marcus Thornton, LSU.
Second Team, All-SEC:
Alonzo Gee, Alabama; Michael Washington, Arkansas; Korvotney Barber, Auburn; Garrett Temple, LSU; David Hueratas, Ole Miss; Terrico White, Ole Miss; Dominique Archie, South Carolina; Zam Frederick, South Carolina; Wayne Chism, Tennessee; and A.J. Ogilvy from Vanderbilt.
SEC All-Freshman Team:
Jamychal Green, Alabama; Courtney Fortson, Arkansas; Erving Walker, Florida; Trey Thompkins, Georgia; Terrico White, Ole Miss; Dee Bost, Mississippi State; Scotty Hopson, Tennessee; and Jeffrey Taylor from Vanderbilt.
SEC All-Defensive Team:
Quantez Robertson, Auburn; Garrett Temple, LSU; Chris Johnson, LSU; Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State; Dominique Archie, South Carolina; and Devan Downey from South Carolina.
LSU Sports: http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&KEY=&SPID=2166&SPSID=27826 – Johnson, Thornton Garner SEC Coaches’ Top Honors
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/41018042.html?index=53&c=y – LSU’s Thornton, Johnson Win Top Conference Honors