Missouri’s Jabari Brown makes coaches’ all-SEC first team
03/11/2014 12:00 PM
03/11/2014 12:00 PM
After becoming the first team to roll 18-0 through the Southeastern Conference, Florida swept most of the awards Tuesday when the coaches’ postseason honors were doled out.
Scottie Wilbekin, the Gators’ senior point guard, was the conference’s player of the year and coach Billy Donovan was the year, but Missouri didn’t go empty-handed.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Tigers had a first-team all-conference selection in junior Jabari Brown. He joins previous first-team picks Marcus Denmon, who was first-team all-Big 12 in 2011 and again in 2012, and Phil Pressey, who was first-team all-SEC last season.
Meanwhile, fellow Missouri junior Jordan Clarkson landed on the second team.
Brown led the SEC at 19.7 points per game and with 20.7 points per game in conference play. He topped 20 points in 12 of 18 conference games.
Clarkson led the SEC with 191 field goals and seventh overall in scoring at 18.1 points per game. He also ranked seventh in assists at 3.5 per game and ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.4.
Together, Brown and Clarkson formed the SEC’s highest-scoring teammate duo.
“I am so proud of Jabari and Jordan and applaud the way they have represented Mizzou as student-athletes,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said in a release from the school. “Their on-court numbers are outstanding and this honor is well-deserved, but I really commend their efforts as leaders and citizens within the Columbia community.”
Alabama senior Trevor Releford, a Bishop Miege graduate from Kansas City, also made the all-SEC first team along with Wilbekin and Brown.
That trio was joined by two Tennessee players, senior guard Jordan McRae and junior forward Jarnell Stokes, Florida senior forward Casey Prather, Kentucky freshman forward Julius Randle and LSU junior forward Johnny O’Bryant.
Randle also was the SEC’s freshman of year, but the conference champion Gators swept the other five postseason awards, including player and coach of the year.
Florida senior center Patric Young, a second-team selection, won both the scholar-athlete of the year and defensive player of the year awards, while sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith was the sixth man of the year.
Young and Clarkson were joined by eight other second-team selections — Arkansas’ Bobby Portis, Auburn’s Chris Denson, Georgia’s Charles Mann, Kentucky’s James Young, LSU’s Jordan Mickey, Vanderbilt’s Rod Odom and Mississippi teammates Jarvis Summers and Marshall Henderson.
Finally, Kentucky sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein, a graduate of Olathe Northwest, was chosen to the SEC’s all-defensive team. He was joined by Wilbekin, Young, Mickey and Tennesse junior guard Josh Richardson.
Mickey, Randle, Young and Portis also headlined the all-freshman, which also included Alabama’s Shannon Hale, LSU’s Jarell Martin, South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell and Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones.