The SEC announced post-season coaches awards today. Among those honored was South Carolina's Sindarius Thornwell, who was named to the All-Freshman team. Thornwell's selection was unsurprising considering that Thornwell won SEC Freshman of the Week three times this season.
Here's the list of awardees:
First Team All-SECTrevor 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, TexasJohnny 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-SECBobby 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, TexasMarshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, TexasJarvis Summers, Ole Miss – G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss.Jordan Clarkson, Missouri – G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, TexasRod Odom, Vanderbilt – F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.SEC All-Freshman TeamShannon 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, TexasJames 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, TexasSindarius 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 TeamPatric 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, TexasJosh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, FloridaSEC Player of the Year: Scottie Wilbekin, FloridaSEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, FloridaSEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, KentuckySEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, FloridaSEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
Needless to say, Florida cleaned up at these awards, much as the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks did for the women's awards. Some Carolina fans will likely be disappointed not to see Brenton Williams among those honored. While Williams had an excellent season, it's hard to argue too much with the coaches' selections. All of those selected were certainly deserving, particularly in that many of them have more well-rounded games than Williams. Gamecocks fans won't have to wait long to see one of our guys on the All-SEC lists again, as I suspect Thornwell will achieve the feat next year after having gained some seasoning this go-around.