UT's Smith unanimous All-SEC

The Southeastern Conference announced its 2009 men’s basketball postseason awards Tuesday, and Tennessee had three players honored as All-SEC. Tyler Smith earned unanimous selection to the All-SEC first team, while Wayne Chism and Scotty Hopson garnered All-SEC second team and Freshman All-SEC, respectively.

Smith, a junior forward who became the 42nd member of Tennessee’s 1,000-point club last week, has started all 30 games for the SEC Eastern Division co-champion Volunteers this season and leads the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and assists (3.6 apg). The Pulaski, Tenn., native has led the Vols in scoring 16 times, rebounding 16 time and assists 10 times this season.

On Dec. 3 against UNC Asheville, Smith recorded the first triple-double in the 100-year history of Tennessee basketball, posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the Bulldogs.

Smith is one of five league standouts to earn unanimous first-team recognition, joining Florida’s Nick Calathes, Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks, LSU’s Marcus Thornton and South Carolina’s Devan Downey. Smith also was a first-team All-SEC pick by the league coaches last season.

Chism’s second-team award was well deserved, as the junior center/forward displayed improvement in nearly every phase of his game this season. He entered the season as a 57-percent career free-throw shooter but has shot 70 percent (85-of-121) at the line this season while setting season-highs for both attempts and makes. His 8.1 rebounds per game lead the Vols, as do his 30 blocked shots. Chism also ranks among the SEC leaders with a career-best 13.3 points per game.

The Jackson, Tenn., native has recorded seven double-doubles this season and also became a member of UT’s 1,000-point club. He has led the Big Orange in scoring eight times and rebounding 15 times on the year.

This is the third season in which fourth-year UT head coach Bruce Pearl has seen multiple Vols land on the coaches’ All-SEC first and/or second teams.

Hopson has been arguably the most improved player on Tennessee’s roster from the start of the year through the conclusion of the regular season — particularly on defense. The two-time SEC Freshman of the Week is averaging 9.3 points per game this season but upped that average to 10.3 points in SEC play.

The Hopkinsville, Ky., native amped up his play during the second half of the season, showing off his scoring prowess vs. South Carolina (19 points), vs. Florida (20 points), at Kentucky (14 points) and vs. Mississippi State (21 points).

Hopson is Pearl’s fourth SEC All-Freshman Team honoree in four years.

LSU’s Trent Johnson earned SEC Coach of the Year honors and LSU senior guard Marcus Thornton was selected SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches. Point guard Terrico White of Ole Miss was named the SEC Freshman of the Year, and Alabama’s Justin Knox earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State was tabbed as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, and South Carolina’s Brandis Raley-Ross earned SEC Sixth Man of the Year acclaim.

THE TEAMS

First Team All-SEC

*Nick Calathes, Florida – G, 6-6, 194, So., Casselberry, Fla.

*Jodie Meeks, Kentucky – 6-4, 208, Jr., Norcross, Ga.

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – 6-9, 235, So., Huntington, W.Va.

Tasmin Mitchell, LSU – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Denham Springs, La.

*Marcus Thornton, LSU – G, 6-4, 205, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F/C, 6-9, 210, Jr., Brownsville, Tenn.

*Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 175, Jr., Chester, S.C.

*Tyler Smith, Tennessee – F, 6-7, 215, Jr., Pulaski, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC

Alonzo Gee, Alabama – G, 6-6, 219, Sr., Riviera Beach, Fla.

Michael Washington, Arkansas – F, 6-9, 239, Jr., McGehee, Ark.

Korvotney Barber, Auburn – F, 6-7, 225, Sr., Manchester, Ga.

^Garrett Temple, LSU – G, 6-6, 190, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.

David Huertas, Ole Miss – G, 6-5, 200, Jr., Humacao, Puerto Rico

Terrico White, Ole Miss – G, 6-5, 211, Fr,. Memphis, Tenn.

^Dominique Archie, South Carolina – F, 6-7, 200, Jr., Augusta, Ga.

^Zam Fredrick, South Carolina – G, 6-0, 203, Sr., St. Matthews, S.C.

Wayne Chism, Tennessee – F, 609, 242, Jr., Jackson, Tenn.

A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, 250, So., Sydney, Australia

SEC All-Freshman Team

*JaMychal Green, Alabama – F, 6-9, 220, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.

Courtney Fortson, Arkansas – G, 5-11, 180, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.

Erving Walker, Florida – 5-8, 161, Fr., New York, N.Y.

Trey Thompkins, Georgia – F, 6-8, 245, Fr., Lithonia, Ga.

*Terrico White, Ole Miss – G, 6-5, 211, Fr,. Memphis, Tenn.

*Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 170, Fr., Concord, N.C.

Scotty Hopson, Tennessee – G, 6-7, 185, Fr., Hopkinsville, Ky.

Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – G/F, 6-7, 210, Fr., Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC All-Defensive Team

^Quantez Robertson, Auburn – G, 6-3, 200, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio

Garrett Temple, LSU – G, 6-6, 190, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.

Chris Johnson, LSU – C, 6-11, 210, Sr., Montross, Va.

*Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F/C, 6-9, 210, Jr., Brownsville, Tenn.

^Dominique Archie, South Carolina – F, 6-7, 200, Jr., Augusta, Ga.

Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 175, Jr., Chester, S.C.

SEC Coach of the Year: Trent Johnson, LSU

SEC Player of the Year: Marcus Thornton, LSU

SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Justin Knox, Alabama

SEC Freshman of the Year: Terrico White, Ole Miss

SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Brandis Raley-Ross, South Carolina

SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State

*-Unanimous selection

^-Ties are not broken

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Comments » 32

volsrenee#419137 writes:

Good for Tyler!! I think he is the heart and soul of this team and they fair how he fairs. Also, congrats to Wayne and Scotty!

JMP_Vols writes:

What!?

We didn't have anyone make the SEC All-Defensive team?

I'm outraged!

Ironcity writes:

Congrats to all the Vols on the teams. I said this last year also but how do 8 guys get on the first team when 5 are unanimous selections. How do 10 make the second team? It didn't use to be so watered down.

DenverVol writes:

Hopefully TS comes back for his senior year. I'd say he's got a legitimate shot at All-American.

Nice work fellas. Now kick some butt in the SEC tourney!

golfballs03 writes:

I agree with Thornton as SEC player of the year. Of course Meeks leaves his mark in the minds of all Vol fans, but Thornton had a better year.

Basketball_Jones writes:

Thornton is the best player on the best team. I think the kid from SC has had just as good a year as Meeks. I really hope Meeks goes pro next year.

Basketball_Jones writes:

in response to DenverVol:

Hopefully TS comes back for his senior year. I'd say he's got a legitimate shot at All-American.

Nice work fellas. Now kick some butt in the SEC tourney!

You mean next year right? As far as the AA goes. Cause this year there is no way in he77 he's an AA. Look at Harongody, Hansborough, kid from Oklahona, Thabeet, PF from Pitt, shall I go on? Thats why I think TS should come back. There are a bunch of players that will probably come out this year that are alot better than him

golfballs03 writes:

I think Thornton should be in the final 5 for NCAA POY:
Stephen Curry
Marcus Thronton
Jodie Meeks
Blake Griffin
Ty Lawson

Nick Calathes is close...

golfballs03 writes:

You can't just asses players by their offensive numbers. Marcus Thornton is a better defender than Jodie Meeks.

VolJunkie writes:

Nice recognition, well-deserved.

Go Vols!

ksherr0 writes:

are you kidding me? No vols on the all defensive team? that is our calling card.

pathetic!

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

Pearl has won the SEC E 3 out of the past 4 years. Not even Foolmore could do this.

golfballs03 writes:

in response to Orange_Man:

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I disagree. I don't think a qualification for POY is that he comes only from the best team. Just because the SEC doesn't have any great teams doesn't mean that it doesn't have any great players. When you consider all-round offensive and DEFENSIVE (gasp) production, Marcus Thornton has had a better year than Blake Griffin. Who is the better player? Blake Griffin will be the #1 pick in the NBA draft, but who had a better year? I think Marcus Thornton. BTW, Oklahoma is WAY overrated.

bfrank78 writes:

Maybe this question has been asked before but how does pearl not play all his seniors on "Senior Day"?

golfballs03 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Well, it's all a matter of opinion. Those guys are all certainly deserving...

golfballs03 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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I like Ken Pomeroy's Offensive Rating methodology

Ironcity writes:

in response to golfballs03:

I think Thornton should be in the final 5 for NCAA POY:
Stephen Curry
Marcus Thronton
Jodie Meeks
Blake Griffin
Ty Lawson

Nick Calathes is close...

No players from the Big East? No one from the Pac 10? I think you have to include Young from Pittsburgh Thebeet from U Conn and that Hardin from Az. St. Skip Curry and anyone from the SEC except Thornton. I think the POY must play for a team that has been successful.

golfballs03 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

No players from the Big East? No one from the Pac 10? I think you have to include Young from Pittsburgh Thebeet from U Conn and that Hardin from Az. St. Skip Curry and anyone from the SEC except Thornton. I think the POY must play for a team that has been successful.

The Big East is tough. You could make the case for so many players but its hard to pick just one who means more to his team than players like Griffin, Thornton, or Curry.

Ironcity writes:

in response to golfballs03:

The Big East is tough. You could make the case for so many players but its hard to pick just one who means more to his team than players like Griffin, Thornton, or Curry.

I think Curry means the most to his team but thats because the rest of the team isn't any good. Sam Young is a lot like Tyler Smith except he finishes at the rim and draws fouls (best ball fake in college).

Thebeet will be the best pro. That guys is fun to watch. I could only imagine what it would be like to have a shot blocker like him in our line up.

bfrank78 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

I think Curry means the most to his team but thats because the rest of the team isn't any good. Sam Young is a lot like Tyler Smith except he finishes at the rim and draws fouls (best ball fake in college).

Thebeet will be the best pro. That guys is fun to watch. I could only imagine what it would be like to have a shot blocker like him in our line up.

Sorry, but sam Young has much better ball skills than Tyler.

bfrank78 writes:

And Thabeet doesn't run the floor well enough to be that good of a pro, he will be good on D and rebounding but that's about it.

golfballs03 writes:

Dajuan Blair is a beast. Remember he was between Pitt and Tennessee.

Ironcity writes:

in response to golfballs03:

Dajuan Blair is a beast. Remember he was between Pitt and Tennessee.

I didn't know that. Don't know if fit our up and down game but your right he is an absolute beast.

Ironcity writes:

in response to bfrank78:

And Thabeet doesn't run the floor well enough to be that good of a pro, he will be good on D and rebounding but that's about it.

When I watch him he moves pretty good.

Ironcity writes:

in response to bfrank78:

Sorry, but sam Young has much better ball skills than Tyler.

Now that I think about it, I agree. Young also plays better Defense.

DenverVol writes:

in response to Basketball_Jones:

You mean next year right? As far as the AA goes. Cause this year there is no way in he77 he's an AA. Look at Harongody, Hansborough, kid from Oklahona, Thabeet, PF from Pitt, shall I go on? Thats why I think TS should come back. There are a bunch of players that will probably come out this year that are alot better than him

Yeah, if he decides to come back for his senior year...next year, he'll definitely get some looks at All-American...next year.

bfrank78 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

When I watch him he moves pretty good.

He's a shorter Yao, without the offense to me.

UKblue02 writes:

in response to Basketball_Jones:

Thornton is the best player on the best team. I think the kid from SC has had just as good a year as Meeks. I really hope Meeks goes pro next year.

According to the latest mock draft rating, Meeks was projected as a late 2nd pick which means no guranteed money (can't figure that one out) and PP was rated a late 1st round money guranteed but they said he (pp) needs to work on his jump shot from 12ft in, since his position will be a forward in the NBA. Both he and meeks say they are coming back, but, i would say it depend on Billy G's attitude and if he doesn't go crazy by next season.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I look at this list of players ad wonder how the SEC is down. We'll see come tourney time. Team is always a little better than stars. A TEAM of stars would be nice.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to golfballs03:

I think Thornton should be in the final 5 for NCAA POY:
Stephen Curry
Marcus Thronton
Jodie Meeks
Blake Griffin
Ty Lawson

Nick Calathes is close...

You left off some obvious ACC players. Was that intentional? Also at least one Michigan State? Was this your list? I'm not knocking your picks. All great players. Just wondering. Agaist UNC Greensboro Stephan McDowell(UTC) to me looked as good as Stephen Curry. Wow we could have a pretty good list here if we try. There's a lot gonna be gone after this season.

murrayvol writes:

in response to UKblue02:

According to the latest mock draft rating, Meeks was projected as a late 2nd pick which means no guranteed money (can't figure that one out) and PP was rated a late 1st round money guranteed but they said he (pp) needs to work on his jump shot from 12ft in, since his position will be a forward in the NBA. Both he and meeks say they are coming back, but, i would say it depend on Billy G's attitude and if he doesn't go crazy by next season.

Here's a thought. Gillespie and an enormous wad of cash to Memphis for Coach Cal.

And don't be surprised if BG hits the road before UK fires him. He's a good coach but a bad fit in Lexington.

UKblue02 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Here's a thought. Gillespie and an enormous wad of cash to Memphis for Coach Cal.

And don't be surprised if BG hits the road before UK fires him. He's a good coach but a bad fit in Lexington.

Agreed, i heard the reason he hasn't signed a contract is because it has a conduct clause or moral clause whatever that means, but to be honest i was hoping for Calipari before they hired Billy G. On his call in radio show the other night a fan asked him why they kept having so many turnovers this late in the season and he replied " I know what the reason is but i am going to keep it to myself" now hows that for a reply.

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