The media agree with coaches: Caldwell-Pope the SEC player of the year

March 18, 2013 

ATHENS - It's unanimous: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the SEC player of the year.

The Georgia sophomore was named this year's top player in the SEC in a vote of Associated Press writers, announced on Monday. Last week, Caldwell-Pope was also announced as the coaches' choice for the conference player of the year.

The last Georgia player to be named AP men's basketball player of the year was Dominique Wilkins, in 1982.

Caldwell-Pope was the only unanimous pick to the all-SEC first-team, which didn't include Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson. (The controversial Henderson on Sunday called the other SEC coaches "losers" for not voting him to their first team.)

The results of the media poll:

FIRST TEAM

u-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, G, 6-5, So.
Erik Murphy, Florida, F/C, 6-10, Sr.
Trevor Releford, Alabama, G, 6-0, Jr.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee, G, 6-5, Jr.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, F, 6-10, Fr.

SECOND TEAM

Marshall Henderson, Mississippi, G, 6-2, Jr.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M, G, 6-5, Sr.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, F, 6-8, So.
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU, F, 6-9, So.
Murphy Holloway, Mississippi, F, 6-7, Sr.
Phil Pressey, Missouri, G, 5-11, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Laurence Bowers, Missouri, F, 6-8, Sr.; Kenny Boynton, Florida, G, 6-2, Sr.; Alex Oriakhi, Missouri, F, 6-9, Sr.; Marshawn Powell, Arkansas, F, 6-7, Jr.; Mike Rosario, Florida, G, 6-3, Sr.; Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, G, 6-2, Jr.; BJ Young, Arkansas, G, 6-3, So.; Patric Young, Florida, C, 6-9, Jr.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia

COACH OF THE YEAR: Billy Donovan, Florida

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Marshall Henderson, Mississippi

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