Billy Donovan named SEC Coach of the Year
After leading his team to a 24-6 record and its second outright SEC regular season championship in three seasons, Florida coach Billy Donovan has been named the SEC Coach of the Year, the league announced today.
This is the second time in the past three seasons that Donovan has been recognized as the league’s top head coach, also earning the honor in 2011.
The Gators also had four players named to the All-SEC team and Tampa freshman guard Michael Frazier II was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
Senior F Erik Murphy was an All-SEC first team selection. Murphy is averaging 12.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Senior guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario, and junior center Patric Young, were All-SEC second team selections. It is the first SEC honors for Murphy, Rosario and Young, third for Boynton.
Young was also named Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. He has a 3.38 GPA in telecommunications and becomes the second player to repeat as winner of the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, joining former Gator Lee Humphrey, who won in 2006 and 2007. A Florida player has won the award in five of the past eight seasons.
Junior guard Scottie Wilbekin and Young were also named to the SEC All-Defensive team.
Georgia sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was selected the SEC Player of the Year, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel took is SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and Kentucky’s Kyle Wiltjer is SEC Sixth Man of the Year.