Tennessee forward Ron Slay was named first-team All-SEC and guard C.J. Watson was named to the league's All-Freshman Team in the conference postseason awards Wednesday, as selected by conference coaches.
Slay was named the Associated Press SEC Player of the Year earlier this week by the media.
After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Slay has led the league in scoring the entire season. The senior from Nashville enters Friday's SEC Tournament Quarterfinal game against Auburn averaging 21.6 points per game and should become UT's first player to win the league scoring title since Allan Houston (22.3) in 1993.
Slay's postseason accolades mark the second consecutive season the Vols have had a player earn consensus (AP, Coaches) first-team All-SEC honors. UT's Vincent Yarbrough was first-team selection last season by the media and the coaches.
Watson, a freshman from Las Vegas, has started every game for the Vols this season at point guard and currently leads the SEC in assists, averaging 5.63 per game. If Watson wins this year's SEC assists title, he will be the first freshman to do so since Ole Miss' Sean Touhy in 1979.
Watson is the Vols' first rookie to make the Coaches' All-SEC Freshman Team since Yarbrough in 1999. Watson was a unanimous selection by the coaches.
The coaches tabbed Kentucky's Keith Bogans and UK coach Tubby Smith as Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. Florida's Anthony Roberson was named the league's Freshman of the Year.
Joining Slay on the Coaches' All-SEC first-team are Bogans, forward Matt Bonner (Florida), guard/forward Jarvis Hayes (Georgia) and center Mario Austin (Mississippi State).
Hayes was the coaches' only unanimous pick.
The Coaches' All-SEC second-team looks like this: forward Erwin Dudley (Alabama), forward Marquis Daniels (Auburn), guard Erza Williams (Georgia), center Marquis Estill (Kentucky), forward Ronald Dupree (LSU) and forward Matt Freije (Vanderbilt).
Alabama's Kennedy Winston, Arkansas' Jonathon Modica, Florida's Matt Walsh and Roberson rounded out the Coaches' 2003 All-Freshman team.
Watson, Walsh and Roberson were all unanimous selections.
Slay, Watson given SEC honors
Published: Thu Mar 13, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:56 p.m.