Florida’s Chiozza named All-SEC first team, defensive team

Florida senior guard Chris Chiozza puts up a shot over Kentucky forward PJ Washington during the first half Saturday at the O'Connell Center. [Ron Irby/Associated Press]

Florida senior point guard Chris Chiozza earned a pair of honors in SEC men’s basketball awards announced Tuesday.

Chiozza was named to the All-SEC first team and also made the All-SEC defensive team based on votes by coaches throughout the league.

“It’s a great accomplishment — something I didn’t think I would do,” Chiozza said. “My last three years, my goal was to be on the defensive team. I told coach that at the beginning of the year. That’s a great feeling to have to know that I set that goal and got it. I’m just going to try and come out there and play defense like that every night.”

The 6-foot senior from Memphis averaged 11 points per game and an SEC-best 6.1 assists per game. He’s also second in the SEC in steals at 1.9 pg. He broke UF’s all-time assist during Saturday’s 80-67 win over Kentucky and is at 551 career assists and counting.

No other Gator earned postseason honors. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes earned SEC coach of the year, while Tennessee sophomore forward Grant Williams was named SEC player of the year. Votes were cast by all 14 league coaches.

“I’m a little surprised,” Chiozza said. “We definitely got some guys on here that deserve to get some awards at the end of the year. If I could choose, I would pick all our guys. That’s why they don’t let me choose the teams.”

In the AP (media) All-SEC selections, Chiozza was named to the second team, with Barnes coach of the year and Georgia forward Yante Maten as player of the year. Chiozza also was named to the USBWA’s All-District IV team, which is composed of the top 10 players from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

Third-seed Florida will open the SEC Tournament on Friday night in St. Louis (9:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network) against either 6 seed Arkansas, 11 seed South Carolina or 14 seed Ole Miss.

Redshirt freshman forward Dontay Bassett was checked by doctors on Monday and is making progress, but has yet to be cleared from concussion protocol since suffering a a head injury Feb. 27 at Alabama. Bassett is questionable for UF’s SEC Tournament opening game.

Here’s complete list of the 2018 SEC Men’s Basketball coaches postseason awards:

First Team All-SEC

Jaylen Barford, Arkansas

Chris Chiozza, Florida

Yante Maten, Georgia

Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Kassius Robertson, Missouri

Chris Silva, South Carolina

Grant Williams, Tennessee

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M


Second Team All-SEC

Collin Sexton, Alabama

Daryl Macon, Arkansas

Bryce Brown, Auburn

Jared Harper, Auburn

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky

Quinndary Weatherspoon, Miss. State

Admiral Schofield, Tennessee

Jeff Roberson, Vanderbilt


All-Freshman Team

Collin Sexton, Alabama

Daniel Gafford, Arkansas

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky

Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Tremont Waters, LSU

Nick Weatherspoon, Miss. State

Jontay Porter, Missouri

TJ Starks, Texas A&M


All-Defensive Team

Donta Hall, Alabama

Anfernee McLemore, Auburn

Chris Chiozza, Florida

Chris Silva, South Carolina

Robert Williams, Texas A&M


Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes, Tennessee

Player of the Year: Grant Williams, Tennessee

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Juwan Parker, Georgia

Co-Freshman of the Year: Collin Sexton, Alabama & Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Co-Sixth-Man of the Year: Jontay Porter, Missouri & Lamonté Turner, Tennessee

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Silva, South Carolina & Robert Williams, Texas A&M



  1. The glaring absence of other Florida players on these SEC Team lists validates what a great job Mike White did with this team! Egor & Jalen were so important to the success this team had, but only played this year. At times, this team performed so well against seemingly more talented opponents. For this reason I ( & seemingly many others) were so frustrated that the losses seem to result from poor decision making & “bad” basketball plays at key moments of the game & frequently against opponents that they had outplayed for significant parts of the game. To let these games “get away” was very maddening! I can only imagine how the players must have felt. However, this team also seemed to function at a much higher level than the collective individual talent. I think the players & coach should receive some accolades for this. Go Gators. And please don’t let the “ranked jinx” get you in St. Louis. I will be traveling from Michigan to cheer you on!