Coaches, AP announce SEC basketball awards

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The Associated Press and SEC coaches have released their end of the year awards for the men’s basketball season. 

Both the AP and coaches selected Tennessee’s Rick Barnes as the SEC Coach of the Year, an award widely considered to be given to either Barnes or Auburn’s Bruce Pearl. 

SEC coaches selected Tennessee’s Grant Williams as the Player of the Year while the AP gave the honor to Georgia’s Yante Maten. 

Alabama’s Collin Sexton was named the Newcomer of the Year by the AP and split the Freshman of the Year honor with Kentucky’s Kevin Knox. 

The SEC also gave awards for 6th Man of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Tennessee’ LaMonte Turner and Missouri’s Jontay Porter split the 6th Man award. The Defensive Player of the Year award was split by South Carolina’s Chris Silva and Texas A&M’s Rob Williams. 

Locally, Alabama’s Sexton was a 1st Team AP selection and 2nd Team SEC selection. Auburn’s Bryce Brown joins Sexton on the AP’s 1st Team and Coaches’ 2nd Team. The Tigers’ Jared Harper was a selction to both the AP’s and Coaches’ 2nd Team. Mustapha Heron was a 2nd Team selection by the AP. Alabama’s Donta Hall and Auburn’s Anfernee McLemore were both named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. 

Below are the AP and SEC Coaches 1st and 2nd team All-SEC selections as well as the SEC’s All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams. 

AP 1st Team All-SEC

-Yante Maten, Georgia (unanimous)

-Grant Williams, Tennessee (unanimous)

-Bryce Brown, Auburn

-Collin Sexton, Alabama

-Daryl Macon, Arkansas

AP 2nd Team All-SEC

-Jared Harper, Auburn

-Mustapha Heron, Auburn

-Chris Chiozza, Florida

-Jaylen Barford, Arkansas

-Kassius Robertson, Missouri

Coaches 1st Team All-SEC

-Grant Williams, Tennessee

-Chris Silva, South Carolina

-Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

-Yante Maten, Georgia

-Kevin Knox, Kentucky

-Kassius Robertson, Missouri

-Jaylen Barford, Arkansas

-Chris Chiozza, Florida

Coaches 2nd Team All-SEC

-Collin Sexton, Alabama

-Bryce Brown, Auburn

-Jared Harper, Auburn

-Jeff Robertson, Vanderbilt

-Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State

-Daryl Macon, Arkansas

-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky

-Admiral Schofield, Tennessee

Coaches All-Freshman Team

-Collin Sexton, Alabama

-Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

-Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky

-Kevin Knox, Kentucky

-Tremont Waters, LSU

-Nick Weatherspoon, Mississippi State

-Jontay Porter, Missouri

-TJ Starks, Texas A&M

Coaches All-Defensive Team

-Donta Hall, Alabama

-Anfernee McLemore, Auburn

-Chris Chiozza, Florida

-Chris Silva, South Carolina

-Robert Williams, Texas A&M

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