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2008 SEC Men's Basketball Awards Announced
03/11/2008 | 
Pictured: Vanderbilt guard Shan Foster (VU Photo)
Pictured: Vanderbilt guard Shan Foster (VU Photo)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men's basketball coaches postseason awards Tuesday to cap off another exciting season of SEC basketball.

    Kentucky's Billy Gillispie and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl shared SEC Coach of the Year honors and Vanderbilt senior guard/forward Shan Foster was selected SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

    Florida's Nick Calathes and Kentucky's Patrick Patterson shared the SEC Freshman of the Year award and Georgia's Dave Bliss earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State was a unanimous pick as SEC Defensive Player of the Year and Tennessee's J.P. Prince earned SEC's Sixth Man of the Year honors.

    Gillispie led Kentucky to a second place finish in the SEC East Division and a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament after starting the season 6-7. Pearl led Tennessee to their first No. 1 ranking in school history and UT's first outright SEC Championship since 1967.

    Foster garnered SEC Player of the Year honors in leading Vanderbilt to a 25 win season and a 10-6 mark in SEC play. Foster was also a unanimous All-SEC First Team selection. He led the league in scoring with 20.6 ppg.

    Calathes leads the SEC in assists. Among SEC Freshmen, he ranks first in steals, third in scoring and fifth in rebounding. Patterson ranks in the Top 10 in both scoring (ninth) and rebounding (seventh).

    Among SEC Freshmen, he ranks second in scoring and rebounding. Calathes and Patterson were among six unanimous All-Freshman team members.

    Bliss earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, sporting a 3.45 grade-point average in Political Science and Real Estate.

    Varnado leads the nation in blocked shots (4.8) and is 13 blocks shy of the SEC record held by Shaquille O'Neal.

    Prince won the SEC's Sixth Man of the Year award. Part of UT's deep bench, Prince chimes in with 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game..

    A complete list of the 2008 SEC Men's Basketball postseason awards follows.


    Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
    FIRST TEAM ALL-SEC
    Richard Hendrix, Alabama* F 6-8 265 JR Athens, Ala.
    Sonny Weems, Arkansas F 6-6 203 SR West Memphis, Ark.
    Ramel Bradley, Kentucky -- 6-2 191 SR New York, N.Y.
    Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State# G/F 6-4 230 JR Nashville, Tenn.
    Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State F/C 6-8 245 SR Jackson, Miss.
    Devan Downey, South Carolina G 5-9 175 SO Chester, S.C.
    Chris Lofton, Tennessee* G 6-2 200 SR Maysville, Ky.
    Tyler Smith, Tennessee F 6-7 215 SO Pulaski, Tenn.
    Shan Foster, Vanderbilt# G/F 6-6 205 SR Kenner, La.
    SECOND TEAM ALL-SEC
    Nick Calathes, Florida G/F 6-6 185 FR Casselberry, Fla.
    Sundiata Gaines, Georgia G 6-1 210 SR Jamaica, N.Y.
    Joe Crawford, Kentucky -- 6-5 207 SR Detroit, Mich.
    Patrick Patterson, Kentucky -- 6-8 232 FR Huntington, W.Va.
    Marcus Thornton, LSU G 6-4 190 JR Baton Rouge, La.
    Dwayne Curtis, Ole Miss C 6-8 262 SR Chicago, Ill.
    JaJuan Smith, Tennessee G 6-2 195 SR Cleveland, Tenn.
    A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt C 6-11 250 FR Sydney, Australia
    SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
    Nick Calathes, Florida# G/F 6-6 185
    Casselberry, Fla.
    Jai Lucas, Florida# G 5-11 150
    Bellaire, Texas
    Chandler Parsons, Florida* F 6-9 200
    Casselberry, Fla.
    Jeremy Price, Georgia F 6-8 270
    Decatur, Ga.
    Patrick Patterson, Kentucky# -- 6-8 232
    Huntington, W.Va.
    Anthony Randolph, LSU# F 6-10 190
    Dallas, Texas
    Trevor Gaskins, Ole Miss* G 6-2 203
    Alpharetta, Ga.
    Chris Warren, Ole Miss# G 5-10 170
    Orlando, Fla.
    Mike Holmes, South Carolina* F 6-7 230
    Bishopville, S.C.
    A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt# C 6-11 250
    Sydney, Australia
    SEC ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
    Steven Hill, Arkansas F/C 7-0 245 SR Branson, Mo.
    Sundiata Gaines, Georgia G 6-1 210 SR Jamaica, N.Y.
    Ramel Bradley, Kentucky -- 6-2 191 SR New York, N.Y.
    Garrett Temple, LSU G 6-6 185 JR Baton Rouge, La.
    Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State F/C 6-9 210 SO Brownsville, Tenn.
    JaJuan Smith, Tennessee G 6-2 195 SR Cleveland, Tenn.

    SEC CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR
    Billy Gillispie, Kentucky
    Bruce Pearl, Tennessee

    SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Shan Foster, Vanderbilt

    SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
    Dave Bliss, Georgia

    SEC CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR
    Nick Calathes, Florida
    Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

    SEC SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
    J.P. Prince, Tennessee

    SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State#

    #-Unanimous Selection; Ties are not broken