Blakeney, Simmons Named to All-SEC Teams

Blakeney and Simmons named to coaches All-SEC team
Blakeney and Simmons named to coaches All-SEC team
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BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Ben Simmons was named first team All-Southeastern Conference and the league’s Freshman of the Year on the 2016 Coaches SEC voting that was announced by the league office Tuesday prior ot the start of the 2016 conference tournament in Nashville.

Also, Simmons and fellow LSU teammate Antonio Blakeney were named to the eight-player All-SEC Freshman team also announced Tuesday.

Simmons is the fourth LSU player to win Freshman of the Year honor since the award was started in 2001. The other three for the Tigers came in consecutive years as Brandon Bass won the award in 2004, Glen “Big Baby” Davis took the honor in 2005 and Tyrus Thomas as a redshirt freshman in 2006.

This marks the fourth straight year that an LSU player has earned first-team All-SEC honors on the Coaches team with Johnny O’Bryant III earning first-team honors in 2013 and 2014 and Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin both named to the Coaches All-SEC first team.

There have been 43 Coaches All-SEC First Team selections from LSU since the start of the 1970-71 season.

Simmons enters the SEC Tournament averaging 19.6 points per game, 11.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He is fourth in the league in scoring, first in rebounds and fifth in assists as he tries to become the first SEC player since assists became a league statistic in 1968-69 to finish in the top five in the league standings in those categories. He is also second in the league in steals (1.9) and second in the league in minutes played per game (35.3).

Blakeney was third in the conference among freshman in scoring behind Jamal Murray of Kentucky (20.0) and Simmons (19.6) at 12.5 points per game. Blakeney has been one of the top scorers in the league over the last nine games, averaging just under 20 points with 31-and-32-point scoring nights for the Tigers. He clinched the Florida win on Feb. 27 as he made 8-of-8 free throws for LSU in the final 28 seconds in a 96-91 victory.

Blakeney raised his scoring average 3.0 points in the last nine games of the regular season.

The rest of the first team of eight as chosen by the coaches: Retin Obasohan, Alabama; Jamal Murray, Kentucky; Tyler Ulis, Kentucky; Stefan Moody, Ole Miss; Michael Carrera, South Carolina; Jalen Jones, Texas A&M; Damian Jones, Vanderbilt.

With Simmons and Blakeney on the SEC All-Freshman team were: KeVaughn Allen, Florida; Jamal Murray, Kentucky; Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State; Kevin Puryear, Missouri; Tyler Davis, Texas A&M; DJ Hogg, Texas A&M.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players on the ballot.

Here are the results of the 2016 Coaches All-SEC Awards announced on Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference Office:

First Team All-SEC
Retin Obasohan, Alabama – G, 6-2, 210, Sr., Antwerp, Belgium
Jamal Murray, Kentucky – G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, Ontario
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – G, 5-9, 160, So., Chicago, Ill.
Ben Simmons, LSU – F, 6-10, 240, Fr., Melbourne, Australia
Stefan Moody, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 179, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 214, Sr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M – G/F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Dallas, Texas
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt – C, 7-0, 245, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC
Moses Kingsley, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 230, Jr., Abuja, Nigeria
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Portsmouth, Va.
J.J. Frazier, Georgia – 5-10, 155, G, Jr., Glennville, Ga.
Yante Maten, Georgia – 6-8, 240, F, So., Pontiac, Mich.
Kevin Punter Jr., Tennessee – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Bronx, N.Y.
Alex Caruso, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas
Danuel House, Texas A&M – G, 6-7, 212, Sr., Fresno, Texas
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, 194, So., Belle Mead, N.J.

SEC All-Freshman Team
KeVaughn Allen, Florida – G, 6-2, 183, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Jamal Murray, Kentucky – G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, Ontario
Antonio Blakeney, LSU – G, 6-4, 190, Fr., Sarasota, Fla.
Ben Simmons, LSU – F, 6-10, 240, Fr., Melbourne, Australia
Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State – G, 6-4, 202, Fr., Canton, Miss.
Kevin Puryear, Missouri – F, 6-7, 236, Fr., Blue Springs, Mo.
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M – C, 6-10, 265, Fr., Plano, Texas
DJ Hogg, Texas A&M – F, 6-8, 216, Fr., Plano, Texas

SEC All-Defensive Team
Retin Obasohan, Alabama – G, 6-2, 210, Sr., Antwerp, Belgium
Moses Kingsley, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 230, Jr., Abuja, Nigeria
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – G, 5-9, 160, So., Chicago, Ill.
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina – G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Lancaster, S.C.
Alex Caruso, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas

 

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