The SEC announced its postseason basketball awards on Tuesday, and Tennessee was incredibly well-repressented.
⭐️ #SECMBB POSTSEASON HONORS ⭐️— Tennessee Basketball (@Vol_Hoops) March 6, 2018
+ COY : Rick Barnes
+ POY : Grant Williams
+ All-SEC : Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield
+ 6th Man : Lamonté Turner pic.twitter.com/NX4d0mFziJ
Rick Barnes was named the SEC Coach of the Year after leading Tennessee — picked by the media to finish 13th in the conference — to a share of an SEC championship.
Grant Williams was named SEC Player of the Year after averaging 15.6 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Williams was also named an All-SEC First team selection.
Joining Williams on the All-SEC Team was Admiral Schofield as a Second Team selection. Schofield averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game on the year, but established himself as a force in the last few games of the season.
Last, but not least, Lamonté Turner was named co-SEC Sixth Man of the Year with Missouri’s Jontay Porter. Turner scored 10.6 points per game off the bench and shot nearly 41% from three, but his biggest contribution to the Vols this season was his timely shooting. Turner hit massive threes at the end of arguably Tennessee’s two biggest wins this season — Purdue and at Kentucky.
The awards are certainly deserved for a team which brought Tennessee its first regular season SEC title since 2008. The Vols will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming SEC Tournament, behind only co-SEC champ Auburn.