For the second-straight season, the Vols have multiple players voted to the All-SEC teams after the regular season.
The AP released their list of the first and second team All-SEC teams early on Tuesday morning, and three Vols made the two lists. Tennessee led all conference teams with three players selected. No other team had multiple players selected to the teams.
Grant Williams, who was also named the AP’s SEC Player of the Year, was a unanimous selection as a First-Team All-SEC performer, and he was joined by two of his teammates on the second team. Point guard Jordan Bone and forward Admiral Schofield were named as Second-Team All-SEC players.
Williams was joined by Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s P.J. Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters, and Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon on the first team. Bone and Schofield were joined by Auburn’s Jared Harper, South Carolina’s Chris Silva, and Ole Miss’ Breein Tyree on the second team.
Last season, Williams was the only Vol selected by the AP on one of the two All-SEC teams, but Admiral Schofield was voted on the second team by coaches. The coaches’ awards will be announced later on today.
Williams led the SEC in points per game this season, averaging 19.3 points to go along with 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game. He’s recorded seven double-doubles this season and has scored at least 20 points in 14 games and at least 16 points in all but seven games this year.
Bone has put together a career year and has been one of the best point guards in the country. He’s averaging career-highs in points per game (13.4), assists per game (6.1), rebounds (3.2), and field goal percentage (47.5 percent). He’s recorded four games of 10 or more assists and has recorded three double-doubles via points and assists this season. That’s tied with Tyrone Beaman for the second-most in a UT career, and he’s recorded all three this season.
Schofield is also putting up career-highs in a multitude of areas. He has career-highs in points per game (16.3), assists per game (2.0), three-point shooting percentage (40.4 percent), and overall field goal percentage (47.6 percent). Schofield has eclipsed the 20-point mark eight different times this season and has totaled at least 15 points in 17 games. He’s recorded four double-doubles this season as well.
This season marks the second-straight year the Vols have had at least two players named to the All-SEC teams by either the AP or the coaches. It marks the first time since 2008-09 that Tennessee has had consecutive years where they’ve had multiple players selected to the All-SEC teams.