ATLANTA (AP) - LSU has taken the top two awards on the
Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team.
Senior guard Marcus Thornton was named player of the year
Monday, and Trent Johnson took the coach of the year award after
leading the Tigers to a 26-7 record, the SEC's regular-season
championship (13-3) and a spot in the NCAA tournament in his first
season with the Tigers.
Terrico White of Mississippi was named newcomer of the year.
Thornton, who averages 20.7 points a game, was a unanimous
first-team selection. He was joined by the SEC's top scorer, Jodie
Meeks of Kentucky (24.2), along with South Carolina's Devan Downey,
Tennessee's Tyler Smith, Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado,
Florida's Nick Calathes and LSU's Tasmin Mitchell.
Varnado, Calathes and Mitchell tied for the final first-team