Texas A&M’s Elston Turner, a 6-foot-5, 212-pound senior guard from Sacramento, Calif., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 27.5 points on 64.5 percent shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists in wins over Arkansas and at Kentucky. He made an incredible 14-of-19 shots in the win at Kentucky, including 6-of-10 from beyond 3-point range, to become the first Aggie to reach the 40-point plateau since Jan. 5, 1985. Additionally, Turner became just the third opponent to score 40 or more points against the Wildcats at Rupp Arena. Earlier in the week, Turner tallied 15 points and a career-best eight rebounds in a win over Arkansas, Texas A&M’s first-ever SEC win.
Mississippi State’s Craig Sword, a 6-foot-3, 189-pound freshman guard from Montgomery, Ala., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 17 points, 3.5 rebounds and two steals in wins over South Carolina and at Georgia. He led the Bulldogs to a win in their SEC opener with a career-best 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting against South Carolina. His two free throws with 46 seconds left broke a 52-all tie, and then he answered on the defensive end with a steal and a dunk for a 56-52 advantage. In his first SEC road game, Sword registered 16 points, four rebounds and two steals at Georgia.