Winston wins third SEC award

TUSCALOOSA -- For the third time this season, University of Alabama sophomore forward Kennedy Winston has been named "Southeastern Conference Player of the Week."

It is the first time in school history that an Alabama player has been named the league's "Player of the Week" three times within one season. Additionally, it is only the second time an Alabama player has won it three times in his Alabama career since the SEC began honoring its individual player's performances in 1985.

Brian Williams won it three times during his Alabama playing career, once in 1996, once in 1997 and once in 1999.

It is the first time in four years that a player in the league has won the award three times within the same season. Kentucky's Jamaal Magloire was named "SEC Player of the Week" three times in 2000.

Kennedy Winston won it earlier for his performances the week of December 15-21. He was Co-Player of the Week on February 16-23 with Vanderbilt's Matt Freije, and now has won it on March 1.

After scoring 17 points against Vanderbilt and 31 at Mississippi State the previous week, Winston followed it with 27 points to lead Alabama's February 24th win at Auburn and 22 in its home win Saturday against Ole Miss. He's averaging 26.7 points in his last three games.

Winston's award marks the fourth time this season an Alabama player has won it. Earnest Shelton was named "SEC Player of the Week" for December 1-7.

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