Missouri's Kassius Robertson and Jontay Porter were honored Tuesday as the Southeastern Conference and the Associated Press announced their All-SEC basketball teams before the start of the league tournament, which begins Wednesday in St. Louis.
Robertson, a graduate transfer guard, was chosen to the eight-player all-SEC coaches' first team after he led the Tigers in scoring with 16.5 points per game and shot 43 percent from behind the arc. Robertson was a second-team pick by the Associated Press, which selected five players to its first and second teams.
Also Tuesday, Robertson was chosen to the U.S. Basketball Writers all-district team encompassing Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Freshman Jontay Porter made the coaches' all-freshman team and was chosen SEC co-Sixth Man of the Year. He started six games for Missouri in conference play but had more success off the bench, including a career-high 24 points along with six assists and seven rebounds in a win at Vanderbilt on Feb. 27. Porter averaged 11.5 points per game and shot 40 percent from three in conference play.
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Coach Cuonzo Martin was a worthy candidate for conference coach of the year after leading Missouri to 20 wins despite the loss of Michael Porter Jr. early in the season and a short bench but lost to Rick Barnes of Tennessee. Barnes led the Volunteers to a share of the SEC regular-season title after being picked to finish second-to-last in the preseason poll. He was also voted SEC coach of the year by the AP.
Missouri, the No. 4 seed, opens SEC Tournament play around 2:25 p.m. Thursday against either Georgia or Vanderbilt. The Tigers beat both teams in the regular season. With a victory, Mizzou would face fourth-seeded Kentucky in the quarterfinals Friday.
Coaches' All-SEC team
Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes, Tennessee
Player of the Year: Grant Williams, Tennessee
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Juwan Parker, Georgia
Co-Freshman of the Year: Collin Sexton, Alabama & Kevin Knox, Kentucky
Co-Sixth-Man of the Year: Jontay Porter, Missouri & Lamonté Turner, Tennessee
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Silva, South Carolina & Robert Williams, Texas A&M
First team: Jaylen Barford, Arkansas; Chris Chiozza, Florida; Yante Maten, Georgia; Kevin Knox, Kentucky; Kassius Robertson, Missouri; Chris Silva, South Carolina; Grant Williams, Tennessee; Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Second team: Collin Sexton, Alabama; Daryl Macon, Arkansas; Bryce Brown, Auburn; Jared Harper, Auburn; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky; Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss. State; Admiral Schofield, Tennessee; Jeff Roberson, Vanderbilt
All-Freshman Team: Collin Sexton, Alabama; Daniel Gafford, Arkansas; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky; Kevin Knox, Kentucky; Tremont Waters, LSU; Nick Weatherspoon, Miss. State; Jontay Porter, Missouri; TJ Starks, Texas A&M
All-Defensive Team: Donta Hall, Alabama; Anfernee McLemore, Auburn; Chris Chiozza, Florida; Chris Silva, South Carolina; Robert Williams, Texas A&M
AP All-SEC team
Player of the year: Yante Maten, Georgia
Coach of the year: Rick Barnes, Tennessee
Newcomer of the year: Collin Sexton, Alabama
FIRST TEAM (listed alphabetically)
Bryce Brown, Auburn, G, 6-3, Jr., Stone Mountain, Georgia
Daryl Macon, Arkansas, G, 6-3, Sr., Little Rock, Arkansas
u-Yante Maten, Georgia, F, 6-8, Sr., Pontiac, Michigan
Collin Sexton, Alabama, G, 6-3, Fr., Mableton, Georgia
u-Grant Williams, Tennessee, F, 6-7, Soph., Charlotte, North Carolina
Jaylen Barford, Arkansas, G, 6-3, Sr., Jackson, Tennessee
Chris Chiozza, Florida, G, 6-0, Sr., Memphis, Tennessee
Jared Harper, Auburn, G, 5-10, Soph., Mableton, Georgia
Mustapha Heron, Auburn, G, 6-5, Soph., Waterbury, Connecticut
Kassius Robertson, Missouri, G, 6-3, Sr., Toronto, Ontario
AP All-SEC Voting Panel: Rick Bozich, WDRB (Louisville, Kentucky); Kevin Brockway, Gainesville (Florida) Sun; Jason Butt, Macon (Georgia) Telegraph; John Clay, Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader; David Cobb, Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times-Free Press; David Cloninger, The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina), Richard Croome, The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, Texas); Justin Ferguson, SEC Country (Alabama); Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock, Arkansas); Cecil Hurt, Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News; Andrew Lopez, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana); Dave Matter, St. Louis Post Dispatch; Sheldon Mickles, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana); Joe Rexrode, The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee); Will Sammon, Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger