SEC Basketball: A Rundown of the Postseason Awards
This season has been looked at as somewhat of a down year for the SEC. It has been full of some teams being a complete disappointment, while others are finishing exactly where they are supposed to be.
John Calipari has been as successful as predicted in making his move to Lexington, and Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt and Bruce Pearl of Tennessee have done great things with their programs, seeing as how Pearl kicked one of his leading scorers from last season off the team.
The players have also been some of the most highly-touted athletes seen in the SEC in recent years. Thanks very much to Kentucky for a lot of the talent.
Taking a look below is a prediction for how the All-Conference team should look and also a prediction for the SEC Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. As always, comments are always welcomed, even if you disagree.
Guard : Devan Downey (South Carolina)—Downey averages 22.7 points per game and basically single-handedly gave Kentucky their single loss of the season. He has been a force ever since arriving at South Carolina and has been recognized for it this season.
Guard: John Wall (Kentucky)—Wall will be up for Player of the Year honors and is a front runner at being an NCAA All-American. He has been dynamite on both ends of the floor. He is good for an average of 16.8 points a game and 6.3 assists a game which is also good for first in the SEC.
Forward: DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)—Cousins is another Kentucky player who will most likely be up for player of the year honors and All-American honors as well. He has been huge in the post and is averaging a double double for Coach Cal and the Wildcats.
Forward: Tasmin Mitchell (LSU)—After LSU lost a good portion of their team which won the SEC Tournament, Mitchell has come back and had an enormous season. He has been the leader of a young LSU team and is averaging 17.6 points and 9.6 rebounds.
Forward: Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi St.)—Mississippi State would be lost without their tree in the post. He is a tremendous shot blocker, displaying it quite frequently this season, and is good for about five blocks a game. He also averages a double-double in points and rebounds as well.
Conference Player of the Year
John Wall (Kentucky) —There is no reason John Wall should not be the SEC Player of the Year. It is simple: Without Wall, the 'Cats lose four or five more games, and with Wall, he gives them a great chance to win the National Championship. Without a doubt he is the most dynamic player in the SEC, if not the entire country. The freshman has been sensational and has left his mark on the entire basketball world.
Conference Coach of the Year
John Calipari (Kentucky) —Without John Calipari John Wall is not playing in blue and white this season. The turn around in Lexington has been astronomical to say the least. People knew Calipari was good for the job, but did they really think he would be this good this soon? He took an NIT team from last season which lost their leading scorer to a team with only one loss and staring a number one seed in the face with a team built around freshmen.
With the SEC tournament right around the corner the conference is looking to get about five to six teams into the NCAA tournament. Some bubble teams that will need to step up and play well in the closing weeks are the Ole' Miss Rebels and the Florida Gators. Both teams are in a bubble position right now, and if they were able to win most if not all of their remaining games and make a deep run in the SEC Tournament, then they too could be putting on their dancing shoes.
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