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2017 SEC Basketball awards released: Thornwell named Player of the Year

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Not many surprises are present in the presenting of the SEC’s biggest awards.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi State at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

With the SEC basketball season recently drawing to a close and the start of the SEC Tournament on the horizon, the conference revealed its 2017 award winners on Tuesday afternoon.

Bringing home the SEC Player of the Year hardware was Sindarius Thornwell, the South Carolina guard who averaged 21.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season. This award comes as no surprise to any observer of the Gamecocks, whose performance has been night and day when Thornwell does and does not play.

Mike White, who steered the Florida Gators to a second-place finish in the conference during the regular season, earned the Coach of the Year award. While some arguments could be made for someone like Frank Martin or John Calipari, one cannot be angered at White receiving the award.

Freshman phenom Malik Monk took home the SEC’s Freshman of the Year award. This season, Monk averaged roughly 21 points per game for the Wildcats, helping provide a large bulk of the offense that has led to them winning their 48th SEC regular season title. Monk is the 8th Kentucky player to win the award in the past 11 seasons.

The Defensive Player of the Year in the SEC was freshman Robert Williams, the Texas A&M big man who is currently projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s draft. Averaging roughly 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, it’s easy to see why Williams earned the award.

Rounding out the individual awards are Vanderbilt’s Luke Kornet, the 2017 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and Canyon Barry, the Florida guard named the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year.

Below are the SEC Basketball team awards, courtesy of SECSports.com:

First Team All-SEC

KeVaughn Allen, Florida

J.J. Frazier, Georgia

Yante Maten, Georgia

De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt

Second Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kasey Hill, Florida

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

Antonio Blakeney, LSU

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss State

Robert Hubbs III, Tennessee

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team

Braxton Key, Alabama

Mustapha Heron, Auburn

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky

De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Malik Monk, Kentucky

Lamar Peters, Mississippi St.

Grant Williams, Tennessee

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

All-Defensive Team

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kasey Hill, Florida

Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina

Robert Williams, Texas A&M

Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt