The SEC announced its annual awards and honors for the 2016 men's basketball season on Tuesday. Three Gamecocks were privileged enough to receive such high praise.
Senior Forward Michael Carrera was selected to First Team All-SEC. He finshed the regular season averaging 14.2 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Junior guard Duane Notice was elected the Sixth Man of the Year Award after averaging 11.2 points per game. Junior guard Sindarius Thornwell was selected to the SEC All-Defensive Team after recording1.5 steals per game (fifth in the SEC) and 13.1 points per game offensively.
Other Notable SEC Awards given:
SEC Coach of the Year - Billy Kennedy (Texas A&M): Texas A&M won a share of the SEC title, its first, along with Kentucky. South Carolina head coach Frank Martin was one many thought deserved this honor as well.
SEC Player of the Year & SEC Defensive Player of the Year - Tyler Ulis (Kentucky): No argument here. Tyler Ulis was the best player in the SEC this season after averaging 16.6 points per game along with 1.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
SEC Freshman of the Year - Ben Simmons (LSU) : The expected first pick in the draft may not be going to the big dance, but as expected, Simmons wins Freshman of the Year in the SEC. Look for him to win National Freshman of the Year. Simmons finished the regular season averaging a double-double of 19.6 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game.