Foster named SEC Player of the Year

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 10:11am

Vanderbilt's Shan Foster was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday in a voting of the league coaches.

He becomes the second straight VU player to receive the honor. A year ago, former Commodore Derrick Byars won the same award.

Last week, Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said Foster deserved to win the Player of the Year award.

“I’m not one to campaign for my players, but I don’t think there’s any question about it, personally,” Stallings said.

Foster, a 6-foot-6 senior from Kenner, La., became VU's all-time leading scorer this season and has scored at least 20 points in an SEC-best 18 games. He is currently averaging an league-best 20.6 points per game and leads the conference in 3-point shooting percentage at 47.2.

With 1,958 career points, Foster is also on the verge of becoming only the 22nd player in SEC history to pass the 2,000-point mark.

FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC

Richard Hendrix, Alabama

Sonny Weems, Arkansas

Ramel Bradley, Kentucky

Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State

Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State

Devan Downey, South Carolina

Chris Lofton, Tennessee

Tyler Smith, Tennessee

Shan Foster, Vanderbilt

SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC

Nick Calathes, Florida

Sundiata Gaines, Georgia

Joe Crawford, Kentucky

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

Marcus Thornton, LSU

Dwayne Curtis, Ole Miss

JaJuan Smith, Tennessee

A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt

SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Nick Calathes, Florida

Jai Lucas, Florida

Chandler Parsons, Florida

Jeremy Price, Georgia

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

Anthony Randolph, LSU

Trevor Gaskins, Ole Miss

Chris Warren, Ole Miss

Mike Holmes, South Carolina

A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt

SEC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Steven Hill, Arkansas

Sundiata Gaines, Georgia

Ramel Bradley, Kentucky

Garrett Temple, LSU

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State

JaJuan Smith, Tennessee

SEC COACH OF THE YEAR

(tie)

Billy Gillispie, Kentucky

Bruce Pearl, Tennessee

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

(tie)

Nick Calathes, Florida*

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky*

SEC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR

J.P. Prince, Tennessee

SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State#

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By: cocheese on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Foster deserves it, oh how i hate to say that, but he does. this tie crap between Pearl and Gillispie is ridiculous. Yeah sure the Wildcats turned it around, but Pearl took the Vols to their first ever #1 ranking. He has made that program.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I wish these schools would focus more on education and less on sports. I believe this country's future would have a better outlook. Tell us about the students who are scoring high on their ACT and SAT exams and who have high GPAs. That's what needs to be reported.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

NY1, I'm sorry to tell you this but ACT and SAT scores don't sell tickets, bring tv ratings, sell papers or make ESPN highlights. But I think you and everyone can be proud of a kid like Foster, he stayed at Vandy for 4 years and he'll probably graduate on time. He probably won't make it in the NBA but I'm sure he has options on how to make a living.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

You're right and that's why the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world and becoming a third-world nation. The next time you need medical treatment, go see a basket ball game to see if that makes you feel better. The next time you are down with cold, don't take any medication, just turn on the TV and watch football. I'm sure you'll feel much better.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Foster deserved it and I am glad he got it. cocheese, I agree Pearl should have gotten coach of the year.

By: cocheese on 12/31/69 at 7:00

So sports are to blame. You're way off the mark there NY1. An overwhelming majority of college student athletes do not play professional sports. A lot of them take the oppurtunity that a full paid scholarship offers, and excel at academics. Student-athletes are just a small % of the total student body. These teams bring in lots of money for the schools. Also, these teams offer vital training and internships to pre-professional students studying; athletic training, physical therapy, and pretty much any other medical/therapy related field. Their are a lot of paid jobs that wouldn't be there if it weren't for these college athletic teams.