KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia forward Yante Maten is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference men's basketball player of the year.
Maten and Tennessee forward Grant Williams were unanimous first-team picks on the all-SEC team announced Tuesday. Tennessee's Rick Barnes was named coach of the year and Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton was selected as newcomer of the year by the 15-person media panel.
Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Coach Bruce Pearl doesn't believe losing another post player will be a breaking point for an Auburn team on track for a rare Southeastern Conference men's basketball title and NCAA Tournament berth.
The 12th-ranked Tigers must get it done without center Anfernee McLemore, out for the season following surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated left ankle.
Better balance could create more competition in SEC hoops
Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaches love to talk about how their league is more balanced than its national reputation suggests.
Early returns back up their statements and indicate there will be a wide-open race for the SEC title as league play begins Saturday.
"The league is as good as it has been in a number of years," Georgia coach Mark Fox said.
The Latest: Williams’ return surprised Aggies’ Kennedy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on Southeastern Conference men's basketball media days (all times Eastern):
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy acknowledges he was "a little surprised" that forward Robert Williams returned for his sophomore season rather than entering the NBA draft.
Michael Porter Jr. wants to revive Missouri, leave legacy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. has yet to play his first college game, and he's already making it clear he has very high expectations both for himself and the Tigers.
All-American Norwood heads up SC athletic hall group
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina all-time sacks leader Eric Norwood and Larry Davis, a member of the Gamecocks' only Southeastern Conference men's basketball champions, are among eight named to the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame.
The school announced the latest selections on Thursday.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke has a new radio play-by-play voice for men's basketball and football games.
The school announced Monday that David Shumate will take over as director of broadcasting for the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network. He replaces Bob Harris, a North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame member who retired in March after a 41-year tenure that included calling all five of Duke's NCAA championships in men's basketball.
ATLANTA (AP) — Kentucky freshman Malik Monk was picked as both player and newcomer of the year, while Florida's Mike White claimed the coaching award on the All-Southeastern Conference men's basketball team announced Tuesday by The Associated Press.
High-profile coaches learning it takes time to win in SEC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The increased star power of the Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaching fraternity hasn't made an immediate impact.
Those high-profile coaches have discovered this isn't a conference conducive to quick turnarounds.