The Southeastern Confernce announced its most recent men's basketball honors Monday, recognizing outstanding performances from around the league.
Florida’s Scottie Wilbekin, a 6-foot-2, 176-pound senior guard from Gainesville, Fla., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 22 points, four assists, three rebounds and 2.5 steals in wins at Tennessee and at 14th-ranked Kentucky. Wilbekin’s 21 points against Tennessee on Tuesday were a career-high before he topped it with his 23-point performance at Kentucky on Saturday. He dished eight assists and recorded no turnovers in 71 minutes of action this week. Wilbekin went an impressive 21-of-24 (88 percent) from the charity stripe, including a notable 18-of-20 in the second half. Sixteen of the 22 points he averaged on the week came in the second half.
South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell, a 6-foot-5, 206-pound freshman guard from Lancaster, S.C., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 20.5 points, five rebounds and five assists in wins over Vanderbilt and Alabama. Thornwell registered his sixth 20-point game of the season - fifth in conference play - against the Crimson Tide. He either scored or assisted on 15 of Carolina’s final 17 points against Alabama, including hitting two free throws with five seconds remaining to give the Gamecocks a four-point lead.