Kentucky's Jones named SEC Freshman of the Year

Knight, Lamb, Liggins also honored

March 9, 2011 

  • SEC awards

    (Voted on by league coaches)

    Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida

    Player of the Year: Chandler Parsons, Florida

    Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Riley Benock, Mississippi State

    Freshman of the Year: Terrence Jones, Kentucky

    Sixth-Man of the Year: Brian Williams, Tennessee

    Defensive Player of the Year: Sam Muldrow, South Carolina

    First Team

    F JaMychal Green, Jr., Alabama

    F Chandler Parsons, Sr., Florida

    F Trey Thompkins, Jr., Georgia

    F Terrence Jones, Fr., Kentucky

    G Brandon Knight, Fr., Kentucky

    G Chris Warren, Sr., Mississippi

    G Scotty Hopson, Jr., Tennessee

    G John Jenkins, So., Vanderbilt

    Second Team

    F Tony Mitchell, So., Alabama

    G Rotnei Clarke, Jr., Arkansas

    G Kenny Boynton, So., Florida

    G Erving Walker, Jr., Florida

    G Travis Leslie, Jr., Georgia

    G Dee Bost, Jr., Mississippi State

    F Tobias Harris, Fr., Tennessee

    C Festus Ezeli, Jr., Vanderbilt

    F Jeffery Taylor, Jr., Vanderbilt

    All-Freshman Team

    G Trevor Releford, Alabama

    F/C Patric Young, Florida

    F Terrence Jones, Kentucky

    G Brandon Knight, Kentucky

    G Doron Lamb, Kentucky

    G Ralston Turner, LSU

    G Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

    F Tobias Harris, Tennessee

    All-Defensive Team

    F Delvon Johnson, Sr., Arkansas

    G DeAndre Liggins, Jr., Kentucky

    F Reginald Buckner, So., Mississippi

    F Sam Muldrow, Sr., South Carolina

    F Jeffery Taylor, Jr., Vanderbilt

University of Kentucky forward Terrence Jones was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league's coaches announced Tuesday.

Jones was the only UK player chosen for an individual award, but teammates Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb and DeAndre Liggins were also recognized in the all-league voting.

Knight joined fellow freshman Jones on the All-SEC first team, and Lamb was honored along with that pair as part of the SEC All-Freshman team. Liggins, a junior, was named to the league's All-Defensive team.

Jones led the SEC in rebounding (9.2 rpg) in league games while ranking fifth in scoring with 17.1 points per game. He led the SEC with 11 double-doubles.

Florida, which won the regular-season Southeastern Conference title, swept the Coach of the Year (Billy Donovan) and Player of the Year (Chandler Parsons) awards.

Mississippi State junior guard Riley Benock — a graduate of Kentucky's Meade County High School — was named the SEC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, posting a 3.97 grade-point average in kinesiology.

Tennessee's Scotty Hopson, a junior guard out of University Heights in Hopkinsville, was named to the All-SEC first team.

Donovan was named coach of the year by his peers for the first time after leading Florida to records of 24-6 overall and 13-3 in league play. The versatile Parsons, who averaged 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals, became the first Gator to be named player of the year by the coaches.

Coaches voted on eight-member teams for first- and second-team All-SEC and for the SEC All-Freshman team. They voted on a five-player squad for the All-Defensive team. They were not permitted to vote for their own players, and ties were not broken.

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