LSU’s Trent Johnson earned SEC Coach of the Year honors and LSU senior guard Marcus Thornton was selected SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, it was announced this morning. Junior forward Tasmin Mitchell also was named to the first team, and senior guard Garrett Temple was chosen to the second team. Temple and senior center Chris Johnson were picked to the All-Defensive Team.
In his first season, Trent Johnson led the Tigers to a 25-6 regular-season record and 13-3 mark in league play. LSU won its first regular-season SEC championship since 2006. Thornton, one of five unanimous first-team selections, ranked second the league in scoring with 20.9 average.
Ole Miss’ Terrico White was named Freshman of the Year, Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado was chosen Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, Alabama’s Justin Knox was selected Scholar-Athlete of the Year and South Carolina’s Brandis Raley-Ross was named Sixth Man of the Year.
Coaches voted on eight-member teams for the first, second and all-freshman teams and on a five-member team for the all-defensive team. They were not allowed to vote for their own players, and ties were not broken. To read the SEC news release, click here.
Meanwhile, the New York Times profiles Johnson in today’s edition. He’s brought a new structure to the team, on and off the court. “There are no gray areas with us as far as defense, rebounding or academics,” he told the newspaper. Read the profile here.