BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama men’s basketball freshman guard Collin Sexton was named the 2018 Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year on Wednesday as announced by the league office. Sexton becomes the second player in program history to earn the honor, joining former standout Mo Williams who earned the honor in 2002.
Sexton, who was joined by Kevin Knox from Kentucky as Co-Freshmen of the Year, also was named as a Second Team All-SEC performer, while being selected to the All-Freshman team. Furthermore, junior Donta Hall earned conference recognition as the Luverne, Ala., native was named to the league’s All-Defensive team.
Sexton became the second Alabama rookie to earn all-freshman honors in as many years, joining 2017 All-Freshman team honoree Braxton Key. Sexton leads the Tide and ranks second in the SEC with 18.3 points per game, while also topping the team in assists per game (3.6), field goals made (157) and field goals attempted (364). He leads Alabama and is ranked third in the league in both free throws made (164) and attempted (213), despite missing three games this season. The Mableton, Ga., native has recorded 12 20-point games, 24 double-figure scoring games and two 30-point contests on the season for the Crimson Tide.
On Nov. 25 against then-No. 14 Minnesota, Sexton set an Alabama freshman record when he scored 40 points, including 31 in the second half. He became the first Crimson Tide player to score 40 points in a game since Reggie King had 43 on March, 12, 1979 against Virginia. He also became the first Alabama freshman in the modern era to record three straight games of more than 20 points in each of his first three contests.
In the classroom, Sexton, a business major, maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the fall semester. As a result, he earned a spot on the President’s List.
Hall has been a force down low for the Crimson Tide throughout the season. In 30 contests, Hall leads the team and is third in the SEC with 2.3 blocks per game, which currently ranks fourth for a single season in school history. He also averages 4.6 defensive rebounds per game, which is 10th-best in the league. In addition, his 68 total blocks on the year ranks 10th in the Alabama record books. For the year, Hall leads Alabama in blocked shots, rebounds (6.9), dunks (65) and field goal percentage (.733), while ranking second on the team in points per game (10.9).