BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its
men's basketball coaches postseason awards Tuesday to cap off another exciting season of SEC basketball.
Kentucky's Billy Gillispie and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl shared
SEC Coach of the Year honors and Vanderbilt senior guard/forward Shan Foster was selected SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches.
Florida's Nick Calathes and Kentucky's Patrick Patterson shared the SEC
Freshman of the Year award and Georgia's Dave Bliss earned SEC
Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State
was a unanimous pick as SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Tennessee's J.P. Prince earned SEC's Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Gillispie led Kentucky to a second place finish in the SEC East
Division and a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament after starting the
season 6-7. Pearl led Tennessee to their first No. 1 ranking in school
history and UT's first outright SEC Championship since 1967.
Foster garnered SEC Player of the Year honors in leading
Vanderbilt to a 25 win season and a 10-6 mark in SEC play. Foster was
also a unanimous All-SEC First Team selection. He led the league in
scoring with 20.6 ppg.
Calathes leads the SEC in assists. Among SEC Freshmen, he ranks
first in steals, third in scoring and fifth in rebounding. Patterson
ranks in the Top 10 in both scoring (ninth) and rebounding (seventh).
Among SEC Freshmen, he ranks second in scoring and rebounding. Calathes and Patterson were among six unanimous All-Freshman team members.
Bliss earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, sporting
a 3.45 grade-point average in Political Science and Real Estate.
Varnado leads the nation in blocked shots (4.8) and is 13 blocks
shy of the SEC record held by Shaquille O'Neal.
Prince won the SEC's Sixth Man of the Year award. Part of UT's
deep bench, Prince chimes in with 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
A complete list of the 2008 SEC Men's Basketball postseason
FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Richard Hendrix, Alabama* F 6-8 265 JR Athens,
Sonny Weems, Arkansas F 6-6 203 SR West Memphis,
Ramel Bradley, Kentucky -- 6-2 191 SR New York, N.Y.
Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State# G/F 6-4 230 JR
Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State F/C 6-8 245 SR
Devan Downey, South Carolina G 5-9 175 SO Chester,
Chris Lofton, Tennessee* G 6-2 200 SR
Tyler Smith, Tennessee F 6-7 215 SO Pulaski, Tenn.
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt# G/F 6-6 205 SR Kenner,
SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Nick Calathes, Florida G/F 6-6 185 FR Casselberry,
Sundiata Gaines, Georgia G 6-1 210 SR Jamaica,
Joe Crawford, Kentucky -- 6-5 207 SR Detroit, Mich.
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky -- 6-8 232 FR
Marcus Thornton, LSU G 6-4 190 JR Baton Rouge, La.
Dwayne Curtis, Ole Miss C 6-8 262 SR Chicago, Ill.
JaJuan Smith, Tennessee G 6-2 195 SR Cleveland, Tenn.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt C 6-11 250 FR Sydney,
SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
Nick Calathes, Florida# G/F 6-6 185 Casselberry, Fla.
Jai Lucas, Florida# G 5-11 150 Bellaire, Texas
Chandler Parsons, Florida* F 6-9 200 Casselberry,
Jeremy Price, Georgia F 6-8 270 Decatur, Ga.
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky# -- 6-8 232 Huntington,
Anthony Randolph, LSU# F 6-10 190 Dallas, Texas
Trevor Gaskins, Ole Miss* G 6-2 203 Alpharetta, Ga.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss# G 5-10 170 Orlando, Fla.
Mike Holmes, South Carolina* F 6-7 230 Bishopville,
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt# C 6-11 250 Sydney,
SEC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown
Steven Hill, Arkansas F/C 7-0, 245, SR, Branson, Mo.
Sundiata Gaines, Georgia G 6-1, 210, SR, Jamaica, N.Y.
Ramel Bradley, Kentucky -- 6-2, 191, SR, New York, N.Y.
Garrett Temple, LSU G 6-6, 185, JR, Baton Rouge, La.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State F/C 6-9, 210, SO,
JaJuan Smith, Tennessee G 6-2, 195, SR, Cleveland, Tenn.
SEC CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
Billy Gillispie, Kentucky
Bruce Pearl, Tennessee
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Dave Bliss, Georgia
SEC CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR
Nick Calathes, Florida
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
SEC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
J.P. Prince, Tennessee
SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State#
#-Unanimous Selection; *-Ties are not broken