Georgia's Caldwell-Pope named SEC player of the year

semerson@macon.comMarch 12, 2013 

ATHENS - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named the SEC player of the year in a vote of coaches, the conference announced on Tuesday morning.

That's no small feat: Caldwell-Pope is the first Georgia player to receive that honor in men's basketball since Dominique Wilkins, in 1981. Wilkins was named POY by the media vote, which was the only one that existed at the time. Caldwell-Pope is the first Georgia player to be named POY by the coaches, who inaugurated their award in 1986.

"I was really shocked," Caldwell-Pope said. "We had a lot of great players on the floor. I was just really shocked that I won. Now that I won, it's a joyous feeling."

There was another award for Georgia: Point guard Charles Mann was named to the SEC all-freshman team.

Caldwell-Pope, the sophomore from Greenville beat out Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson, Texas A&M's Elston Turner and Florida's Erik Murphy, among others.

Georgia head coach Mark Fox couldn't vote for Caldwell-Pope because coaches can't vote for his own players.

"I would have voted for him because I think he's had that kind of season," Fox said. "But to be recognized by the other league's coaches I think is the highest compliment."

Caldwell-Pope in the SEC stats:

- Second in scoring (18.0 points per game), behind Henderson. - Second in 3-pointers made (2.5 per game, a total of 31) - Second in minutes per game (33.8 per game) - Third in steals (2.1 per game) - Third in defensive rebounds (5.8 per game) - Sixth in 3-point percentage (37.1 percent) - Sixth in free throw percentage (80.9 percent) - Eighth in rebounding (6.9 rebounds per game) - Ninth in field goal percentage (43.2 perceent)

Florida's Billy Donovan was named the SEC coach of the year. The freshman of the year is Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, who is also the defensive player of the year. Noel tore his ACL in February, ending his season.

The AP selections for SEC postseason awards will be announced next week.

The SEC coaches teams:

First Team All-SEC
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.

Second Team All-SEC
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
^Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Freshman Team
Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
^Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
^Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
^Gavin Ware, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela

SEC All-Defensive Team
^Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

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