The Florida Gators officially wrapped up the SEC’s top honors Tuesday. Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin was named the SEC Player of the Year and head coach Billy Donovan earned SEC Coach of the Year honors. Senior center Patric Young won the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the year as well. Dorian Finney-Smith picked up the SEC’s Sixth-Man of the Year award. Wilbekin’s joined by Casey Prather on the First Team All-SEC. Young landed on the Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive team along with Wilbekin.
Wilbekin joins Chandler Parsons as Gators to win the league’s top honors. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals for Florida this season. He was also the guiding force for Florida’s perfect run through conference play. Wilbekin’s lockdown defense made him a key cog in the SEC’s leading scoring defense. He was usually on the opposing team’s top offensive threat. In the two games the Gators have lost this season, Wilbekin did not play at Wisconsin and did not finish the loss at Connecticut.
Billy Donovan took the conference’s coaching honors for the second straight year. Donovan led Florida to an SEC record 18 wins in conference play, ending SEC play undefeated. He’s also guided the Gators to their best regular season in history at 29-2. Donovan’s also in the running for the USBWA Coach of the Year honors.
Patric Young earned the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for the third straight year. This season, however, Young added the league’s top defensive honors. Young averaged 10.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds with nearly a block and steal per game. Young also showed incredible hustle and want-to-win, leaving everything on the floor every time he took the court.
Prather, on the midseason watch lists for the Naismith and Wooden awards and an Oscar Robertson Player of the Year finalist, made the First Team All-SEC team after a breakout season. Prather more than doubled his scoring average with 14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and about 1 steal per game.
Dorian Finney-Smith was a welcome addition for the Gators this season after transferring from Virginia Tech. Finney-Smith provided energy off the bench, scoring 9.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a do-it-all player. The forward by size played some point guard and showed the ability to shoot threes and score around the basket. Finney-Smith is also a front-runner for National Sixth-Man of the Year honors.
The Gators will be back in action Friday at 1 pm. Their opponent is still to be determined. They will play the winner of the game between SEC newcomer’s Texas A&M and Missouri.