In a week where he broke the UK single-season blocks record and flirted with a triple-double against Arkansas, before having an off day against Bama that still left him only one board short of his 11th double-double, Anthony Davis somehow was left out of the conference awards. Instead, something called Terrance Henry of Ole Miss was named the SEC Player of the Week. The Rebels were 2-0 including an upset of Mississippi State last week, and Henry certainly had a good pair of games. He averaged 18 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 assists in the Ole Miss wins, or one fewer point and five fewer rebounds than Davis, not to mention five fewer blocks even though he’s also 6’10”. Maybe the award was just because he played more consistently over the two games. Except he didn’t, because Henry went for 12 and 3 against MSU and followed it up with 24 and 10 against Georgia, which were similar to Davis’ numbers except not as good.
It wouldn’t irritate me as much if they would have at least given Davis the consolation prize of freshman of the week, but they didn’t. Instead that honor went to Jimmy Dykes’ favorite little buddy, Jarnell Stokes. He averaged 13.5 and 10 in games against Georgia and UConn, which would be good if Anthony Davis didn’t exist. He does, however, and posted 19, 11.5 and 5.5 as proof. So unless Stokes gets bonus points for playing with those little Garfield clips on his shoelaces to keep them tied until he gets the hang of a double knot, the UK phenom probably should have at least gotten the freshman award. Should I not be complaining about this on a day when Kentucky got back to being ranked #1? Possibly, but can you really blame me for wanting it all? Besides, although I don’t have any evidence to support this, I think Doug Gottlieb was involved.
There was a little bit of good news in the awards for UK fans, though, as UK Hoops’ Bria Goss was named SEC freshman of the week after averaging 14 points and 6 rebounds in the team’s two wins. It’s the third time this year she’s gotten the honor, which is the most in the league. She’ll try to keep it going when the ladies visit Auburn on Thursday night.