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Billy Donovan, Chandler Parsons named SEC Coach and Player of the Year




After 15 seasons, including two national championships, Florida coach Billy Donovan has finally been honored by his own league peers.

Donovan on Tuesday was named SEC Coach of the Year by the league's coaches for the first time in his storied Gator tenure.

Senior forward Chandler Parsons was named SEC Player of the Year - the first Florida player to ever earn that honor from the league's coaches. Florida's Patric Young was named to the All-Freshman team, and Gator guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker were All-SEC second team selections.

rsz_ap_gvp112_alabama_florida_b.jpg"I am extremely humbled to be named SEC Coach of the Year by my peers,'' Donovan said. "This league has outstanding coaches and a number of deserving candidates to win the award. "I’m fortunate and blessed to have a great group of players, assistant coaches and staff. This honor is more a reflection of their work and effort than anything that I have done.''

Donovan led Florida to a 13-3 record in the SEC, 24-6 overall record. He currently has the third-most wins by an SEC coach with 355, trailing only Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp (876) and LSU’s Dale Brown (448).

Parsons, who went through a tough spell early in the season, rallied to become Florida's most versatile player. He is averaging 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Since missing the Feb. 20 LSU game with a deep thigh bruise, Parsons is averaging 15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Among active players, he is one of two Division I players with over 1,300 points, 800 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals.

“I’m honored to be named the SEC Player of the Year,'' Parsons said. "It’s really not something I ever spent a lot of energy on and in time I may be able to process winning the award, but right now I’m focused on staying grounded and helping our team understand what we have to do to get better everyday. Obviously this award is handed out to a single player, but I share it proudly with my teammates and coaching staff.”

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A complete list of the 2011 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason awards follows:

First Team All-SEC
JaMychal Green, Alabama – F, 6-8, 228, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.
Chandler Parsons, Florida – F, 6-1-, 218, Sr., Casselberry, Fla.
Trey Thompkins, Georgia – F, 6-10, 245, Jr., Lithonia, Ga.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky – F, 6-8, 244, Fr., Portland, Ore.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky – G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 168, Sr., Orlando, Fla.
Scotty Hopson, Tennessee – G, 6-7, 200, Jr., Hopkinsville, Ky.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 215, So., Hendersonville, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC
^Tony Mitchell, Alabama – F, 6-6, 210, So., Swainsboro, Ga.
^Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas – G, 6-0, 184, Jr., Verdigris, Okla.
^Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 183, So., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-8, 171, Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Travis Leslie, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Jr., Decatur, Ga.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Concord, N.C.
Tobias Harris, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 226, Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, 255, R-Jr., Benin City, Nigeria
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, 225, Jr., Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC All-Freshman Team
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 180, Fr., Shawnee Mission, Kan.
Patric Young, Florida – F/C, 6-9, 245, Fr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky – F, 6-8, 244, Fr., Portland, Ore.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky – G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Doron Lamb, Kentucky – G, 6-4, 195, Fr., Queens, N.Y.
Ralston Turner, LSU – G, 6-6, 193, Fr., Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 194, Fr. Moncks Corner, S.C.
Tobias Harris, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 226, Fr., Dix Hills, N.Y.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Delvon Johnson, Arkansas – F, 6-9, 220, Sr., Chicago, Ill.
DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-8, 233, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina – F/C, 6-9, 222, Sr., Florence, S.C.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, 225, Jr., Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Chandler Parsons, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Riley Benock, Mississippi State
SEC Freshman of the Year: Terrence Jones, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Brian Williams, Tennessee
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Sam Muldrow, South Carolina

^-Ties are not broken


[Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 2:14pm]


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