Three Tigers on All-SEC Coaches, AP Basketball Teams

by Kent Lowe | Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
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Three Tigers on All-SEC Coaches, AP Basketball Teams

BATON ROUGE – Three members of the LSU men’s basketball team – Cameron Thomas, Javonte Smart, Trendon Watford – were honored by the Southeastern Conference coaches and AP media members with placement on the All-SEC Teams announced on Tuesday morning. 

On the coaches team, Thomas was named a first-team All-SEC member as well as a member of the SEC All-Freshman team. Smart and Watford were named to the All-SEC second team.

On the voting of the 14 media members that cover the SEC, Thomas and Watford were named to the five-member All-SEC team that they selected.

Thomas is averaging 23.1 points a game heading into Friday’s quarterfinal matchup for the Tigers at the SEC Tournament in Nashville. He leads the league in scoring and field goals made and leads the country in free throw makes at 163. He is also first in the league in free throw percentage at 87.6%. 

The native of Chesapeake, Virginia had a school record 42 consecutive free throw makes earlier in the year and has record 19 games of 20 points or more, the most by any Division I freshman this season.

Smart, a junior from Baton Rouge, averaged 15.8 points a game and leads the SEC in three-point percentage at 43.4% heading into the tournament. He earlier this year became the 43rd person in LSU history to top 1,000 career points and is the 13th player in LSU history to record 1,000 points-200 assists-100 steals in their career. Smart is on a 10-game streak of double figure scoring games.

Watford, a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama, is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and 7.1 rebounds a contest. Watford has also done a good job distributing the ball, averaging 3.1 assists per game which is second on the team behind Smart’s 3.9 average. He is seventh in the SEC in scoring, sixth in rebounds and sixth in field goal percentage (47.0%).

LSU, 16-8 overall after an 11-6 SEC season, will play the winner of Thursday’s Ole Miss-South Carolina game Friday night at approximately 8:15 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena. 

Coaches First Team All-SEC
Herbert Jones, Alabama
John Petty Jr., Alabama
Moses Moody, Arkansas
Tre Mann, Florida
Cameron Thomas, LSU
Devontae Shuler, Ole Miss
Dru Smith, Missouri
Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt
 
Second Team All-SEC
Jaden Shackelford, Alabama
Colin Castleton, Florida 
Sahvir Wheeler, Georgia
Javonte Smart, LSU
Trendon Watford, LSU

D.J. Stewart Jr., Mississippi State
Jeremiah Tilmon, Missouri
AJ Lawson, South Carolina
 
All-Freshman Team
Joshua Primo, Alabama
Moses Moody, Arkansas
Sharife Cooper, Auburn
KD Johnson, Georgia
Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky
Cameron Thomas, LSU
Keon Johnson, Tennessee
Jaden Springer, Tennessee
 
All-Defensive Team
Herbert Jones, Alabama
Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky
Abdul Ado, Mississippi State
Dru Smith, Missouri
Yves Pons, Tennessee
 
Coach of the Year: Nate Oats, Alabama
Player of the Year: Herbert Jones, Alabama
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Dylan Disu, Vanderbilt
Freshman of the Year: Moses Moody, Arkansas
Sixth-Man of the Year: JD Notae, Arkansas
Defensive Player of the Year: Herbert Jones, Alabama

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC

FIRST TEAM
Herb Jones, Alabama
Moses Moody, Arkansas
Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt
Cameron Thomas, LSU
Trendon Watford, LSU

SECOND TEAM
Tre Mann, Florida
Sahvir Wheeler, Georgia
John Petty, Alabama
Jeremiah Tilmon, Missouri
Dru Smith, Missouri