Florida Dominates SEC Men’s Basketball Awards
By Michael Losch
There was no shortage of awards for the Florida Gators as the 2014 Southeastern Conference basketball awards were announced Tuesday.
Florida finished undefeated in league play, going an SEC record 18-0 and are currently the No. 1 team in the nation at 29-2.
Florida coach Billy Donovan was named SEC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year and earned his fifth SEC league title with the Gators. Senior guard Scottie Wilbekin was named Player of the Year and Patric Young earned the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the year.
Two Missouri players represented the Tigers among the SEC honorees.
Junior guard Jabari Brown was named to First Team All-SEC and fellow junior guard Jordan Clarkson was recognized for Second Team All-SEC.
Missouri coach Frank Haith said he was proud of the way his two guards represented the Tigers.
“I am so proud of Jabari and Jordan and applaud the way they have represented Mizzou as student-athletes,” Haith said in a news release. “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.”
Brown, a hopeful for player of the year honors, lead the league in scoring with 19.7 points per game. He finished in the top 10 in field goal percentage (fourth), free throw percentage (fifth) and 3-point percentage (fourth). Brown led the league in free throw made with 115.
Clarkson led the league in total field goals made with 191 and finished seventh in the league in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game. He finished top 10 in several categories including field goal percentage, free throw percentage and assists.
Together Brown and Clarkson were the fourth best scoring tandem in college basketball as the two combined to score 37.8 points per game, accounting for more than half of Mizzou’s scoring average (73.1 points per game).
The duo will need to be productive once again as the Tigers take on Texas A&M Thursday in the SEC tournament, fighting for an NCAA tournament bid.