A wacky regular season in the SEC has come to a close and the league will hand out some hardware with the SEC Tournament set to tip off in Nashville on Wednesday.
Who will take home these major awards? Who made my First Team All-SEC and SEC All -Freshman Team rosters? Here are the predictions:
First Team All-SEC
Tyler Ulis, guard, sophomore, Kentucky
Jamal Murray, guard, freshman, Kentucky
Stefan Moody, guard, senior, Ole Miss
Retin Obasohan, guard, senior, Alabama
Jalen Jones, guard, senior, Texas A&M
Ben Simmons, forward, freshman, LSU
Moses Kingsley, forward, junior, Arkansas
Michael Carrera, forward, senior, South Carolina
Damian Jones, center, junior, Vanderbilt
SEC All-Freshman Team
Jamal Murray, guard, Kentucky
Antonio Blakeney, guard, LSU
Quinndary Weatherspoon, guard, Mississippi State
Malik Newman, guard, Mississippi State
KeVaughn Allen, guard, Florida
Ben Simmons, forward, LSU
Kevin Puryear, forward, Missouri
Tyler Davis, center, Texas A&M
SEC Player of the Year: Tyler Ulis, guard, sophomore, Kentucky
It’s been a down year by Kentucky’s lofty standards, but it’s hard to imagine where the Wildcats would be without Ulis. The sophomore is truly a floor general and has been Kentucky’s engine. He averaged 16.6 points and 7.4 assists per game during the regular season.
Runner-up: Ben Simmons (LSU)
Honorable mentions: Stefan Moody (Ole Miss), Retin Obasohan (Alabama),
SEC Coach of the Year: Frank Martin, South Carolina
The Gamecocks certainly don’t amaze anyone with their style of play, but Martin has established a brand of toughness in Columbia, S.C. The fourth-year Gamecocks head coach led South Carolina to a 24-7 record during the regular season, including a 11-7 mark in conference play. Martin will have the program in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004.
Runner-up: Avery Johnson, Alabama
Honorable mention: Mike White, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Ben Simmons, forward, LSU
LSU’s season was one of the most disappointing campaigns in the conference, but there’s no doubting Simmons’ talent. The freshman star finished fourth in the SEC with 19.6 points per game, led the conference with 11.9 rebounds per game and was finished fifth with five assists per game. Simmons will most likely be the first overall pick in this summer’s NBA draft.
Runner-up: Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
Honorable mention: Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State)
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Kornet, forward, junior, Vanderbilt
The 7-foot-1 Kornet led the SEC with 77 blocks in only 26 games this season. He also had a tremendous 1.17 blocks per foul ratio, which proves Kornet was an exceptional rim protector who rarely got into foul trouble.
Runner-up: Moses Kingsley (Arkansas)