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Florida Gators' Nick Calathes named to SEC basketball first team

Florida guard Nick Calathes was named to the All-SEC first team Tuesday.

LSU's Marcus Thornton was named player of the year. Other first-team members:Devan Downey of South Carolina, Tyler Smith of Tennessee, Tasmin Mitchell of LSU, Patrick Patterson of Kentucky and Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State.

Varnado, who led the SEC with 143 blocks, was named defensive player of the year. Freshman of the year was Mississippi's Terrico White.

LSU's Trent Johnson was named coach of the year, the third league to honor him. He was coach of the year in the Western Athletic Conference with Nevada and the Pac-10 with Stanford, where he spent the previous four seasons.

Florida guard Erving Walker was named to the all-freshman team.

Calathes is the first Gator to earn first-team honors since Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah in 2007. He leads UF in scoring (17.7), assists (6.4) and steals (two).

Calathes ranked in the top 10 in nine of 13 possible categories in SEC play.

Thornton averaged 20.9 points, second in the league to Kentucky's Jodie Meeks (24.7).

ARKANSAS: The Razorbacks, who face Florida on Thursday night, suspended freshman guard/forward Jason Henry for a violation of team rules. He averages eight points.

Florida Gators' Nick Calathes named to SEC basketball first team 03/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:00pm]
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