SEC honors three Florida players

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Florida forward Keyontae Johnson scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Gators to a 70-62 victory over Saint Joseph’s at the Charleston Classic on Thursday. [AP Photo/Matt Stamey/File]

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Three Florida men’s basketball players were honored by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday with the league’s end-of-season awards. Keyontae Johnson headlined the group, making the All-SEC First Team, while Kerry Blackshear Jr. was named to the All-SEC Second Team and Scottie Lewis earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team.

In his second season with the Gators, Johnson is averaging 14 points and 7.1 rebounds while ranking third among all SEC players in field goal percentage at 54.4 percent. Through 31 games, Johnson has scored in double figures 23 times, including eight double-doubles and six 20-plus point games.

Johnson’s dominant presence on the offensive end has made him the Gators’ leading scorer on 15 occasions. The Norfolk, Va., native has also been UF’s leading rebounder in 14 games.

Johnson becomes just the eighth Gator underclassman in the Donovan-White era to earn All-SEC First Team honors, joining Mike Miller (2000), Brett Nelson (2001), Anthony Roberson (2004), Joakim Noah (2006), Nick Calathes (2009), Bradley Beal (2012) and KeVaughn Allen (2017).

Blackshear, also made his presence known in his lone season at UF, ranking fourth among all SEC players in rebounds, grabbing an average of 7.8 per game. The graduate transfer has led the Gators in rebounding through 14 games, including eight double-figure performances.

Complementing his efforts on the boards, Blackshear also scored in double figures 22 times with seven 20-plus point games. With those numbers, Blackshear averages 12.8 points per game and has recorded eight double-doubles during the regular season.

Lewis becomes the third freshman under coach Mike White to be named to the All-SEC Freshman Team, joining KeVaughn Allen (2016) and current teammate Andrew Nembhard (2019). Lewis is averaging 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. He leads the Gators in shots blocked, at 1.2 per game, and also ranks eighth in the league in that category.

Through his 30 appearances, Lewis has eight double-figure scoring games, including a career-high 19 points in the Gators’ home loss against No. 6 Kentucky. The freshman has also been reliable at the free throw line, shooting 81.7 percent in his 82 attempts.

Florida begins postseason play Thursday at the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. The Gators will face either Ole Miss or Georgia at about 3:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network).

Complete SEC All-Conference Honors
First Team All-SEC
Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama
Mason Jones, Arkansas
Samir Doughty, Auburn
Keyontae Johnson, Florida
Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky
Nick Richards, Kentucky
Skylar Mays, LSU
Breein Tyree, Ole Miss
Reggie Perry, Mississippi State

Second Team All-SEC
John Petty Jr., Alabama
Isaac Okoro, Auburn
Kerry Blackshear Jr., Florida
Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
Maik Kotsar, South Carolina
John Fulkerson, Tennessee
Saben Lee, Vanderbilt

All-Freshman Team
Jaden Shackelford, Alabama
Isaac Okoro, Auburn
Scottie Lewis, Florida
Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky
Trendon Watford, LSU
Jermaine Couisnard, South Carolina
Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt

All-Defensive Team
Herbert Jones, Alabama
Isaac Okoro, Auburn
Ashton Hagans, Kentucky
Nick Richards, Kentucky
Yves Pons, Tennessee

Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky
Player of the Year: Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Skylar Mays, LSU
Freshman of the Year: Anthony Edwards, Georgia
Sixth-Man of the Year: Tyson Carter, Mississippi State
Defensive Player of the Year: Yves Pons, Tennessee

5 COMMENTS

  1. At a time when, admittedly, I’m frustrated with the bigs’ play (other than Blackshear), and the coaching for this Gator Basketball team, K. Johnson and (a guard playing like a big man), Scottie Lewis are the gems of this team. I am so proud of them and happy they’re Gators! I hope the big men, after Blackshear leaves, learn more quickly to play like K. Johnson. His heart is one of a “Champion.” Maybe if they all stay, Lewis, Johnson, etc… and the coaching improves, this team could be special. Live and learn, pray tell.
    Go Gators!

    • I am with you on this post %95 the %5 only because Coach raaaaaarely plays 2 big men at once. I know he’s a 3 guard guy. But pleeeeaase give us at least 15 minutes of 2 bigmen on the court together. Especially when the other team is going big against us. Pretty please with cane syrup on top.

      • I agree, I’d love to see Bassett and Jitoboh in game at the same time. At the very least, when a U.K. BIG takes over the game like last Saturday at Rupp, send in 300 lb. Jitoboh and let him foul the guy 3 or 4 times, and send a message. THe Gators would’ve still had other options he fouls out. Coach White’s under-utilizing bigs, like Bassett and Jitoboh, in my opinion. But then again, Mike White (former guard himself) isn’t too big on THE BIGS! Go Gators!

        • Adding to your post Bassett was playing well last season…………..and “Little Man Complex” White has pretty much sat him most of the season. I hope it was because he was injured and not a “coaches decision.”

          I am all about the “” tonight