SEC: Donovan coach of year


Florida's Billy Donovan is again named SEC coach of the year.

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Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:45 p.m.

Through injuries and up-and-down seasons from two star players, Florida coach Billy Donovan led the Gators to another Southeastern Conference title.

On Tuesday, Donovan was rewarded for his efforts by being named SEC Coach of the Year.

It’s the second time that Donovan has earned conference coach of the year honors. In 2011, after leading the Gators to an SEC title, Donovan also was named as best coach in the SEC.




Donovan has led Florida to five SEC titles (three outright, two shared) in 17 seasons. This one may have been the most challenging. Forward Erik Murphy played through the early part of the conference schedule with a broken rib. Forward Casey Prather (ankle sprain), forward Will Yeguete (knee surgery) and guard Michael Frazier II (concussion) also missed time during the course of the season, limiting UF’s depth.

Senior guard Kenny Boynton (12.5 ppg) and junior center Patric Young (10.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg) have struggled with their consistency during the course of the season. Still, the Gators (24-6, 14-4 SEC) enter this week’s SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., as the top overall seed. Florida will play the winner of Thursday’s game between Georgia and LSU on Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU.

Several other UF players earned individual honors. Murphy, who leads the SEC in 3-point shooting (46.6 percent), was named to the All-SEC first team. Boynton, Young and Mike Rosario (12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg) were named to the All-SEC second team. Frazier (6 ppg, 48.4 percent shooting from 3-point range) was named to the All-SEC freshman team.

Young and Scottie Wilbekin were named to the All-SEC defensive team, though Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel edged Wilbekin for SEC defensive player of the year.

Also, for the second straight year, Young was named as the SEC’s scholar athlete of the year. Young holds a 3.38 grade-point average in telecommunications.

Georgia sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named SEC player of the year, while Noel also earned SEC freshman of the year honors. Kentucky sophomore Kyle Wiltjer was named SEC sixth man of the year.

The awards were based on votes from all 14 league coaches. The AP All-SEC awards, based on writer votes, will be announced next week.

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