Vanderbilt's Jenkins, Taylor collect All-SEC basketball honors

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:18pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor — the league’s top two scorers — were named to the All-SEC first team by the league’s coaches, the SEC announced on Tuesday.

Jenkins led the league in scoring (20.0 ppg) for the second straight season, becoming the first to do since LSU’s Ronnie Henderson in 1995-96. He also topped the SEC in 3-pointers made per game (3.9).

With the announcement, the junior guard from Hendersonville became atwo-time first-team All-SEC selection. He was similarly honored a year ago and was named the league’s sixth man of the year in addition all-freshman in 2010.

Taylor, a senior swingman from Sweden, averaged 17.1 points per game and was named to the all-conference first-team for the first time. He was also named to the league’s all-defensive team.

Taylor ranked fourth in field goal percentage (51.2). In league games only, he was second in 3-point field goal percentage (48.8).

Tennessee’s Jeronne Maymon was named to the second team. The junior from Madison, Wis., averaged 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds.

Jarnell Stokes, who joined the Volunteers in January, was named to the all-freshman team. In 14 games, the Memphis native shot 54.1 percent from the field and averaged 8.6 and 7.2 rebounds.

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis was named the SEC’s player of the year, defensive player of the year and freshman of the year. Teammate Darius Miller earned sixth man of the year honors and John Calipari was named coach of the year. Florida’s Patric Young was named the SEC’s scholar athlete of the year.

• Misquoted: Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings denies yelling at Tennessee fans after the teams met on Saturday.

According to reports, as he left the court in Knoxville after Vanderbilt’s regular-season finale loss to the Vols, Stallings yelled at UT fans, “Good luck in the NIT.”

Before practice on Tuesday, Stallings said that was untrue.

“I didn’t say a word when I walked off the floor,” he said.

Stallings, in his 13th season as head coach, says he tends to ignore heckling from opposing fans.

“Most of the time,” he said.

A potential rubber match for Vanderbilt and Tennessee awaits Saturday in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament in New Orleans. The third-seeded Commodores (21-10) play either Mississippi State or Georgia on Friday (9 p.m., SEC Network). No. 2 seed Tennessee (18-13) will play Ole Miss or Auburn at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

• Reserves sick: Backup point guard Kedren Johnson missed practice Tuesday because of the stomach virus. Stallings said Johnson had been vomiting since Monday night but is expected to be available by Friday. Johnson, a freshman from Lewisburg, has played in every game and is second on the team in assists with 58.

Backup forward Shelby Moats might not be as lucky. He spent Sunday night in the hospital and was being tested for mononucleosis on Tuesday. Moats, a 6-foot-8 forward, has scored just eight points in mop-up minutes in 14 games.

“We are expecting him to travel. That doesn’t mean he is going to,” Stallings said. “He has been pretty sick.”

• Henderson available: Redshirt freshman Josh Henderson is available to play if the Commodores need him.

The 6-foot-11 center was recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot and hasn’t played since November. In seven games, filling in for then-injured Festus Ezeli, he averaged three points and three rebounds in limited minutes.

Stallings said Henderson is an option if Ezeli or Steve Tchiengang get into foul trouble.

“Josh might see some time if we need a spark or if we need somebody to go in,” Stallings said. “I guess it just depends on how Festus and Steve play.”

1 Comment on this post:

By: on 3/6/12 at 6:46

Can anyone name a better freshman in SEC history than Anthony Davis? Maybe Pete Maravich?