Tennessee forward Grant Williams was named SEC Player of the Year on Tuesday while Admiral Schofield was named second-team All-SEC.
It was great recognition for two players who have put in the work to get this point. WMNL’s Josh Ward interviewed Lew Evans, who played for the Vols last season. Evans gave some insight into why the duo was able to make a leap in production this season.
“Grant is a killer now. He wants to do everything in his power to get the job done,” Evans said. “Admiral has expanded his game more over the spring and summer last year. He’s expanded his game inside-out. He’s a dual threat everywhere.
“I want to give a lot of credit to Coach [Rick] Barnes and his staff, too, for the amount of work they put in to make those guys better. Being in the gym, teaching them and making them better.”
Williams is averaging 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season. He was a force that took over games for the Vols. His 23-point, 6-rebound performance in a 62-57 win over Florida sticks out the most from the season.
Schofield moved his game to the perimeter this season. The first few games he was a little uncomfortable with the change. He’s now making game-changing plays that start outside the 3-point line.
Schofield had a great drive-and-kick against Georiga to find an open Lamonte Turner for a crucial 3-pointer. He also had the game-changing basket that helped secure a share of the SEC regular-season title.
Ward reviews the SEC awards on Rocky Talk Wednesday. SEC Country’s Blake Morgan joins to give an update on a few Class of 2019 linebackers the Vols are pursuing.