Stallings is SEC's coach of the year

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:46pm
Staff Reports

Kevin Stallings was named The Southeastern Conference coach of the year and Jermaine Beal was a unanimous first-team selection when the SEC unveiled its men’s basketball postseason awards Tuesday.

It was the second time in for years that Vanderbilt’s Stallings, who led the Commodores to a 12-4 conference records [23-7 overall], earned the honor.

Kentucky freshman guard John Wall was selected as SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Wall joined Beal, Tennessee’s Wayne Chism, Georgia’s Trey Thompkins, Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson, Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado and South Carolina’s Devan Downey on SEC’s first-team.

Cousins earned Freshman of the Year honors; Varnado the year’s best Defensive Player.

Vandy’s John Jenkins, a member of the SEC’s all freshman team, earned the conference’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Jenkins made 46.7 percent (64-of-137) of his three-pointers and averaged 10.5 points per game.

Teammates A.J. Ogilvy and Jeffery Taylor were named to the SEC’s second team.

Wall becomes just the second freshman to be named SEC Player of the Year, joining LSU’s Chris Jackson (1989).

Coaches voted on eight member teams for First Team All-SEC, Second Team All-SEC and for the SEC All-Freshman Team. They voted on a five-player squad for the SEC All-Defensive Team. They were not permitted to vote for their own players and ties were not broken.

The complete list of the 2010 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason awards:

First Team All-SEC
*Trey Thompkins, Georgia – F, 6-10, 247, So., Lithonia, Ga.
*DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky – F 6-11, 270, Fr., Mobile, Ala.
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – F 6-9, 235, Jr., Huntington, W.Va.
*John Wall, Kentucky – G 6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 230, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn.
*Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee – C, 6-9, 246, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
*Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, Sr., 205, DeSoto, Texas

Second Team All-SEC
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Eight Mile, Ala.
Courtney Fortson, Arkansas – G, 5-11, 180, So., Montgomery, Ala.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-10, 171, So., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU – F, 6-7, 238, Sr., Denham Springs, La.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 168, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 170, So., Concord, N.C.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, Jr., 255, Sydney, Australia
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, So., 210, Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC All-Freshman Team
Tony Mitchell, Alabama – F, 6-6, 185, Fr., Swainsboro, Ga.
*Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 220, Fr., Newport News, Va.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 183, Fr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
*Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky – G, 6-1, 190, Fr., Birmingham, Ala.
*DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky – F 6-11, 270, Fr., Mobile, Ala.
*John Wall, Kentucky – G 6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-8, 233, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.
*John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 215, Hendersonville, Tenn.

SEC All-Defensive Team
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – F 6-9, 235, Jr., Huntington, W.Va.
*Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 230, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn.
Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina – F, 6-9, 220, Jr., Florence, S.C.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, So., 210, Norrkoping, Sweden

Individual awards
SEC Coach of the Year: Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
SEC Player of the Year: John Wall, Kentucky
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Ray Shipman, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State*

*-Unanimous selection

 

4 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 3/9/10 at 1:30

Props to coach Stallings and all the Commodores!

By: cmarcus45 on 3/9/10 at 1:54

Wow -- not Pearl and all the adversity he guided UT through? Don't get me wrong, I am NOT a UT guy at all, but I am surprised. My second choice would have to be Calipari since he guided UK to a #1 ranking in his first year. Not to take anything away from Stallings -- he obviously did a magnificent job -- but wow.

By: Dore4Life on 3/10/10 at 1:06

I think Pearl has a legitimate case, but considering that VU went from not even getting an NIT bid last year, to being the 2nd best team in the SEC behind UK is impressive.

Calipari would have had Memphis ranked #1 this year also since all the stud freshman were verbally committed there. Hell, Memphis would STILL be undefeated in likelihood, in that case. The recruits simply followed Calipari to UK.

To me, it had nothing really to do with Calipari's ability to coach this team up, but rather recruit the players. Of course, that is worth a lot, but Calipari doesn't have this success if he doesn't wholsale almost half the UK roster to make room for his new recruits. I mean, it's almost like he took his next Memphis team and put them in UK jerseys.

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