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Predicting the SEC Postseason Awards


The day before the 16 teams of the SEC descend upon Nashville for the conference tournament, the postseason awards will be announced.  Voted on by the coaches (a.k.a. the sports information directors), there’s little rhyme or reason to the selections.  There’s also no rhyme or reason to home many players are on each “team.”  For kicks and gigs, here’s a rough guesstimate of who will be rewarded tomorrow.

First Team All-SEC

  • Malik Monk, Kentucky
  • KeVaughn Allen, Florida
  • Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
  • J.J. Frazier, Georgia
  • Yante Maten, Georgia

You might think it’s crazy that the eight-seeded team is the only one with two on the first team, but Maten and Frazier are at the top of nearly every statistical category.  Georgia wasn’t better because they only had Maten and Frazier.  Regardless, all five of these players will likely be on an 8-10 man team.

Second Team All-SEC

  • De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
  • Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
  • Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Devin Robinson, Florida
  • Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss. State
  • Moses Kingsley, Arkansas
  • Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt
  • Robert Hubbs II, Tennessee
  • Antonio Blakeney, LSU

Depending on how froggy the coaches are feeling, Fox and Adebayo could easily make first team, but haters gon’ hate.  Weatherspoon and Blakeney are two of the league’s best scorers.  Hubbs and Robinson aren’t typical big men, but they play bigger than their size.  Kornet is the best player for the hottest team in the conference.  Robert Williams is one of the SEC’s biggest surprise this season; don’t be shocked to see his teammate Tyler Davis achieve a postseason award as well.

All-Defensive Team

  • Kasey Hill, Florida
  • Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky
  • Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
  • Robert Williams, Texas A&M
  • Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Williams and Kingsley are the conference’s best at rebounding and blocking shots.  Thornwell does everything for South Carolina and leads the conference in steals.  Briscoe and Hill are the two best perimeter defenders for the league’s two best teams.

Denny Medley | USA Today

Denny Medley | USA Today

Coach of the Year

The Vanderbilt Commodores lost a first round draft pick, Damian Jones, and their head coach after failing to make the NCAA Tournament in 2016.  Instead of falling to the bottom of the barrel, Bryce Drew has made Vanderbilt one of the hottest teams in the country, on the precipice of making the NCAA Tournament.  Pundits commended the SEC for making big name hires like Howland, Johnson and Pearl to improve the quality of basketball in the conference, but Drew might end up being the SEC’s best hire.

Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Your guess is as good as mine.  Props to whoever gets this award, but we all know it’s the least significant of all the postseason awards.

Sixth Man of the Year

Canyon Barry is the Florida Gators’ second-leading scorer, but the graduate transfer doesn’t start.  Does Barry get brownie points for his free throw shooting style?  Of course.  It’s working pretty well too.  He’s an 87 percent free throw shooter this season.

Freshman of the Year

This award has been almost exclusively given to Kentucky Wildcats over the last eight years, which is why the coaches will change things up by selecting A&M’s Robert Williams.  Williams is arguably the best post in the league, ranked second in rebounds (8.1) and blocks (2.5).

Player of the Year

The best player in the SEC this year was Malik Monk.  Sindarius Thornwell might’ve knocked Monk down to Freshman of the Year, but once again the Gamecocks lost their groove at the end of the season.  The SEC’s leading scorer (21.2 ppg) is shooting 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the three-point line.  He’s the best scorer and the most explosive athlete in the conference.  Choosing Monk is a no-brainer.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Predicting the SEC Postseason Awards

  1. cap1815
    9:36 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

    When did the SEC expand to 16 teams?

  2. Cals Hoverboard
    9:57 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Other than the 16 team thing, I pretty well agree with you Nick. Drew or Mike White both deserve the Coach award. If Monk gets neither the Freshman or Player of the Year, it’s a sin.

  3. Jordon
    10:07 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

    “Your guess is as good as mine. Props to whoever gets this award, but we all know it’s the least significant of all the postseason awards.”

    Maybe that’s part of the problem. I mean predicting it is hard because we don’t keep up with the academics of every basketball player in the SEC, but this is absolutely an important award. At the end of the day, basketball is just a game.

  4. AGSlater
    10:25 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Wenyen didnt make 1st or 2nd team? The system is rigged

  5. JohnnyBGood
    10:49 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Actually Vandy lost two first round draft picks. Wade Baldwin was picked 17th.

  6. Big Blue Troll
    11:08 pm March 6, 2017 Permalink

    Bam Bam

  7. AGSlater
    1:10 am March 7, 2017 Permalink

    Briscoe being second team all SEC shows how week the confrence is

    • catsarerunnin
      7:39 am March 7, 2017 Permalink

      Slater,you’re much humor….

    • 4everblue
      9:54 am March 7, 2017 Permalink

      AG belongs on the UL or IU site and he can’t spell, which probably means he was educated at UL.

    • Eazy
      11:02 am March 7, 2017 Permalink

      Or you could say Fox and Williams being on the second team shows how strong the conference is. Both are going to be top 10 picks in the draft.

    • Eazy
      11:06 am March 7, 2017 Permalink

      Also, the SEC has almost twice as many guys in the NBA as the Big 10. Big 10 hasn’t won a title in 17 years.