March 11, 2014
Tennessee basketball players Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes claimed first-team All-SEC honors and Josh Richardson landed on the SEC All-Defensive Team, as the league announced its postseason awards Tuesday.
All SEC postseason honors were voted on by the league's 14 head coaches. Tennessee joined SEC Champion Florida as the only teams in the conference to boast multiple All-SEC first-teamers.
McRae is now a two-time All-SEC first-team selection, as he also earned first-team distinction last season. The Midway, Ga., native becomes the 26th Vol ever earn multiple first-team laurels.
With 1,413 points (and counting), McRae ranks 19th on UT's all-time scoring chart. He is averaging 18.8 points and shooting a career-best .376 from 3-point range this season.
Stokes earned first-team All-SEC status after averaging a double-double in SEC play with 15.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He was a second-team honoree as a sophomore a season ago.
The Memphis, Tenn., native is one of only three major conference players in the nation - joining Kentucky's Julius Randle and Washington State's D.J. Shelton - to average a double-double in league play this year.
Stokes has posted a career-best 18 double-doubles (and counting) as a junior, and his 36 career double-doubles are the fourth-most in Tennessee history.
In conference play, he led the SEC in field-goal percentage (.567), total rebounding (11.1 rpg) and offensive rebounding (4.4 orpg). In a testament to his development into an elite, all-around performer, he ranked second on the team in both assists (45) and steals (15) during league play.
Though just a junior who has only 81 games under his belt, he has already surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone (1,022).
Richardson becomes Tennessee's second all-time representative on the SEC All-Defensive Team. The All-Defensive Team was introduced in 2008, and UT's JaJuan Smith was included that year.
One of America's most relentless defenders, Richardson regularly draws the assignment of guarding the opponents' top perimeter scorer. The junior from Edmond, Okla., led the Vols in steals in SEC play (16) while trailing only Stokes in blocks (17).
Richardson had multiple steals in four SEC games, including a career-high four steals in UT's home win over Auburn. And he had multiple blocks in five SEC games, including a career-high three blocks in the victory over Ole Miss.
Richardson held Kentucky guard James Young to just eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in UT's lone meeting with the Wildcats (Young averaged 14.8 ppg in SEC play).
In Tennessee's final two regular-season games - both blowout victories - Richardson held the SEC's top two scorers to a combined 11 points. Auburn guard Chris Denson managed just three points with Richardson smothering him last Wednesday (Denson averaged 19.4 ppg in SEC play), and Missouri guard Jabari Brown scored only eight points on 1-of-10 shooting vs. Richardson last Saturday (Brown averaged 20.7 ppg in SEC play). Brown did not make a single field goal while Richardson was on the court.
Denson (first team), Young and Brown (both second team) all earned All-SEC honors Tuesday.
2014 SEC COACHES POSTSEASON AWARDS First-Team All-SEC Trevor Releford, Alabama - G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo. Casey Prather, Florida - F, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn. Scottie Wilbekin, Florida - G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. Julius Randle, Kentucky - F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU - F, 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss. Jabari Brown, Missouri - G, 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif. Jordan McRae, Tennessee - G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee - F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn
Second-Team All-SEC Bobby Portis, Arkansas - F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark. Chris Denson, Auburn - G, 6-2, 181, Sr., Columbus, Ga. Patric Young, Florida - C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla. Charles Mann, Georgia - G, 6-5, 210, So., Alpharetta, Ga. James Young, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich. Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss - G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss - G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss. Jordan Clarkson, Missouri - G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, Texas Rod Odom, Vanderbilt - F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.
SEC All-Freshman Team Shannon Hale, Alabama - F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Johnson City, Tenn. Bobby Portis, Arkansas - F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark. Julius Randle, Kentucky - F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas James Young, Kentucky - G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich. Jarell Martin, LSU - F, 6-9, 241, Fr. Baton Rouge, La. Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina - G, 6-5, 205, Fr., Lancaster, S.C. Damian Jones, Vanderbilt - C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.
All-Defensive Team Patric Young, Florida - C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla. Scottie Wilbekin, Florida - G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla. Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky - F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan. Jordan Mickey, LSU - F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas Josh Richardson, Tennessee - G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.
SEC Coach of the Year Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin, Florida - G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Patric Young, Florida - C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
SEC Sixth Man of the Year Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida - F, 6-8, 212, R-So., Portsmouth, Va.
SEC Defensive Player of the Year Patric Young, Florida - C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
SEC Freshman of the Year Julius Randle, Kentucky - F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas