In a season in which he’s dealt with an assortment of injuries, Georgia forward Trey Thompkins still landed a spot again Tuesday as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as voted on by the league’s coaches.
The 6-foot-10 Thompkins, who is eighth in the league in scoring at 15.8 points per game and fourth in rebounding at 7.6, is one of eight players on the first team.
The junior is the first Georgia player named to the coaches’ All-SEC first team in back-to-back years since Jarvis Hayes in 2002-03.
Georgia junior Travis Leslie made the second team. The 6-4 Leslie is averaging 14.3 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is seventh in the league in field-goal percentage at 50.2 percent.
Thompkins was the presason SEC Player of the Year after being a unanimous first-team All-SEC pick last season, but he missed the first three games of the year with a high ankle sprain and has also dealt with a shin injury and an in-grown toenail.
“He has not been as powerful because his lower body hasn’t been healthy,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said on his radio show Monday night. “Hopefully, we can continue to try and make him a little bit better every day, so we can go into the postseason here with as good a chance to play well as we can.”
Georgia opens SEC tournament play at 1 p.m. Thursday against Auburn in the Georgia Dome.
Florida forward Chandler Parsons was named the SEC Player of the Year. He’s the first Gator player to ever win the award after averaging 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game.
Florida coach Billy Donovan was named SEC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after leading the Gators to a 24-6 record and the SEC championship.
Kentucky’s Terrence Jones was named SEC Freshman of the Year after leading the team in rebounding (9.2 per game) and ranking fifth in scoring (17.1 ppg).